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La Liga: Vermaelen scores as FC Barcelona beat Malaga 1-0

Updated: 30 August 2015 14:45 IST - Published: 29 August 2015 23:45 IST
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Barcelona found a goal in the 73rd minute to clinch the win against a gritty Malaga at the Nou Camp. The man who scored for them, an unlikely source, the former Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen.
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Statistics so far: FCB - Malaga: Shots (On target): 8(5)-2(1) Possession: 68%-32% Tackles: 8-15
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Carlos Kameni has been solid so far.
Carlos Kameni has been solid so far.
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Clear handball there from a Malaga player but the referee is not convinced.
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Messi does well to keep the ball to himself as he dribbles past defenders from the left flank, passing the ball to Neymar who was unmarked. However, his shot is saved by Kameni quite easily there.
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Barcelona's sixth corner of the game now. Malaga continue to defend well, but how long can they keep the trio of MSN in check?
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Barca goalkeeper Bravo was miles away from the net as Juankar has a go at the goal from the half-line. Ball misses the net by a whisker there.
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Sergi Roberto's cross goes too far wide on the left. The clock approaches the 20-minute mark.
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Ball goes out for a corner in favour of Barcelona after Lionel Messi's shot from just outside the penalty box is deflected off a defender. Rakitic to take it.
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Lionel Messi lifts up his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award past Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta holding the UEFA Supercup before the game.
Lionel Messi lifts up his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award past Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta holding the UEFA Supercup before the game.