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Nov 2, 2008

Barcelona destroyed malaga in rainy pitchFC Barcelona produced one of their best displays of this season to defeat Malaga 4-1, and go to the top of the table. Courtesy of Valencia's loss to Racing Santander FC Barcelona will remain in the top of the table this week. FC Barcelona players showed great composure and skill to notch up their eleventh consecutive win in all competition in a water flooded La Rosellada pitch. Why did the referee let the game to start is still a question in my mind; but like most Barca fans I am not complaining. FC Barcelona players did adjust to the conditions pretty early and better than their rivals. It was a great treat to watch both set of players chipping the ball to pass to one another. Pep Guardiola post match analysis sound perfect - "The Players Judged The Game Well". As I mentioned in the match preview Guardiola put Puyol as left back, Pique, Marquez and Alves formed the rest of the defense ahead of Valdes. Busquests, Toure and Xavi formed the midfield. Eto, Messi and Iniesta formed the attacking trio.

FC barcelona adjusted to the state of the pitch early and went up ahead in the 5th minute from an excellent Xavi free kick from 25 yards out. The free kick was given for a shirt pulling on Messi. Malaga immediately responded with a great goal Duda. Pique failed to deal with a long ball to Adrian; Valdes did really well to save Adrian's initial shot but the rebound fell to Duda who rounded off Pique again and shot past a hapless Valdes.In the 19th minute FC Barcelona regained their lead when Messi shot through the most tightest angle at the near post on the right. It was sheer power on the ball which made that goal after the initail Messi shot was blocked by Arnau. Nothing much happened in the second half and FC Barcelona went to half time guarding a precious one goal lead.

Malaga tried to wrestle the initaiative early in the first half; there was a six minutes period where Barca has to restore to desperate defending. In the 50th minute Guardiola brought in Henry in place of an out of sort Iniesta. That produced immediate result. In the 52nd minute Henry set up Xavi for the third goal with a well cushioned header from an excellent cross from Eto. In the 67th minute a trade mark long range Alves free kick was deflected just wide by the wall. In the 77th minute Busquests shot was saved by Arnau after an excellent ball from Toure to Xavi was cleared by the defense. In the 79th minute Guardiola took off Messi and brought in Victor Sanchez. In the 81st minute FC Barcelona took the game to 4-1; when another long range Alves free kick was deflected this time to goal by Wellington. In the 84th minute Eto was taken off for Bojan. In the 88th minute Puyol had a shot wide outside box. Altogether it was a great performance by Barca side in toughest conditions. Xavi deservedly would be adjudged man of the match.

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