La Liga: Lionel Messi-less Barcelona still too much for Malaga

Adriano's goal took Barca to the top the table ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Rayo Vallecano 5-0.

updated: August 26, 2013 08:25 IST
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Madrid: Adriano scored the only goal as a Barcelona side without the injured Lionel Messi laboured to a 1-0 victory over Malaga.

The Brazilian struck the decisive blow a minute before half-time with a left-footed effort that Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero will have been disappointed to see slip through his grasp.

However, Malaga were left to rue two huge chances after the break as firstly Fabrice struck the post and then Sebastian Fernandez headed straight at Victor Valdes when completely unmarked inside the area in the closing stages.

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