June 1, 2013
Barca bring up century in style
#INSERT type:image caption: Cesc Fabregas scored Barcelona's second goal against Malaga with a fine solo run and finish END#Barcelona capped their Primera Division title-winning season with a comfortable win over Malaga at Camp Nou as they equalled Real Madrid's record of 100 points for the season.
Andres Iniesta added the fourth following a quick counter-attacking move early in the second half before Malaga substitute Pedro Morales pulled one back for the visitors.
The result means Barcelona finish the season as champions with 100 points, matching Real Madrid's title-winning record of last season, while Malaga end their campaign in a Europa League qualifying spot.
David Villa opened the scoring early on when Iniesta played the ball into the box and Pedro laid the ball square to the striker, who slotted it home with ease.
Fabregas added the second in the 14th minute when he picked the ball up on the left wing, dinked it back inside and played a one-two with Iniesta, before firing the ball past Malaga goalkeeper Caballero Willy from the edge of the area.
Montoya then fired a stunning 20-yard strike into the bottom corner from the right of the area from Xavi's inswinging corner as Barcelona well and truly stamped their authority on the game.
Gerard Pique missed the chance to add the fourth when he put a free header wide with just over five minutes of the first half still to play.
Malaga came close to pulling a goal back early in the second half when Julio Baptista forced Barca keeper Jose Pinto to parry the ball, with Morales pouncing on the rebound and forcing Jordi Alba to clear off the line.
However, the visitors were left to rue what might have been when Barca counter-attacked from the clearance which resulted in Iniesta launching the home side's fourth from outside the area.
Malaga did pull one back four minutes later, though, when defender Jesus Gamez curled a perfectly-weighted ball in from the right wing and it dropped perfectly for Morales, who volleyed it home from close range.
Both sides squandered further chances in a high-tempo second half as Barcelona ran out comfortable winners.
|13 José Manuel Pinto||13 Wilfredo Caballero|
|14 Javier Mascherano||3 Weligton|
|3 Gerard Piqué||4 Diego Lugano|
|18 Jordi Alba||18 Eliseu|
|19 Martin Montoya||2 Jesus Gamez|
|16 Sergio Busquets||10 Júlio Baptista|
|8 Andrés Iniesta||6 Ignacio Camacho|
|6 Xavi||8 Jeremy Toulalan|
|4 Cesc Fábregas||24 Roque Santa Cruz|
|7 David Villa||22 Isco|
|17 Pedro||7 Joaquín|
|22 Eric Abidal||Javier Saviola 9|
|1 Victor Valdés||Oguchi Onyewu 23|
|25 Alex Song||Pedro Morales 14|
|9 Alexis Sánchez||Vitorino Antunes 25|
|37 Cristian Tello||Francisco Portillo 19|
|11 Thiago Alcantara||Seba Fernández 11|
|15 Marc Bartra||Pol 32|
|Thiago Alcantara for Andrés Iniesta (55)||Pedro Morales for Roque Santa Cruz (45)|
|Eric Abidal for Gerard Piqué (76)||Seba Fernández for Joaquín (71)|
|Alexis Sánchez for David Villa (78)||Javier Saviola for Isco (79)|
|· Squads: Barcelona | Malaga|