Missed opportunity in defeat by Malaga

April 9, 2017

Barcelona went onto the pitch on Saturday evening with the knowledge that Real Madrid had drawn against Atletico earlier and they had the chance to level on points. However, that knowledge seems to have had little effect on the team. Instead they were lacklustre and lacking inspiration.

Sandro Ramirez scored the opener for Malaga after 32 minutes, while the Catalans hardly seemed to bother the home defence at all. And that’s how the score stood going into the break. In the second half Neymar received his marching orders for a second yellow card five minutes after the hour, tipping the balance in Malaga’s favour.

Adalberto Peñaranda scored a second for Malaga with twenty minutes to go only to see it ruled offside. Replays suggest a bad call from the ref. Finally Rodríguez scored right at the last minute to make it 2-0 and put even the prospect of a draw out of reach of Barcelona.

1-0 Ramírez (min 32)
2-0 Rodríguez (min 90)

The result again shows how inconsistent Barcelona can be this season. What should have been a fantastic opportunity to step up to challenge Real Madrid for the league title saw a dismal response from the players. On Sunday evening Barcelona should have been up there on 72 points. Instead it feels like they’ve thrown away their last opportunity to take this season’s Spanish league title.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Real Madrid 30 22 6 2 79 31 72
2 Barcelona 31 21 6 4 88 28 69
3 Atletico Madrid 31 18 8 5 56 24 62
4 Sevilla 31 18 7 6 56 39 61
5 Villarreal 31 15 9 7 45 24 54
6 Athletic Bilbao 31 15 5 11 40 36 50
7 Real Sociedad 30 15 4 11 43 41 49
8 Eibar 30 13 8 9 50 42 47
9 Espanyol 31 12 10 9 43 42 46
10 Celta Vigo 29 12 5 12 45 49 41
11 Alaves 31 10 10 11 29 38 40
12 Valencia 31 11 6 14 47 54 39
13 Las Palmas 30 9 8 13 46 51 35
14 Malaga 31 8 9 14 36 47 33
15 Real Betis 30 8 7 15 32 47 31
16 Deportivo La Coruna 31 6 10 15 33 50 28
17 Leganes 30 6 9 15 25 46 27
18 Sporting Gijon 30 5 7 18 31 58 22
19 Granada 31 4 8 19 27 65 20
20 Osasuna 30 2 8 20 30 69 14

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