Barcelona will rue the countless missed chances as Malaga left the Camp Nou with a 2-2 draw thanks to a 90th minute equalizer from Nacho Camacho. The teams will meet again next week with Los Boquerones holding two away goals in the pocket and Barcelona facing a challenge to keep their cup run alive.
Alexis Sanchez nearly put Barcelona ahead in the 5th minute, chipping the ball over the charging Carlos Kameni. Luckily for Malaga, Sergio Sanchez was in the right place and picked the ball up in the air and away from danger.
Alexis was at it again a minute later completely bottled a shot 6-yards from a nearly empty net after a bit of individual brilliance from Messi to find Cristian Tello, somehow sneaking the ball around Jesus Gamez. Tello crossed to the wide open Alexis, but his shot skied over the crossbar after he appeared to get his foot stuck in the grass a bit before he contacted the ball.
Despite the domination from Barcelona it was Malaga who opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Thiago received a short outlet pass from José Manuel Pinto and was immediately pick pocketed by Manuel Iturra who wasted no time racing forward and putting his shot past Pinto who was still well off his line after the initial pass.
Malaga had a key away goal and a lead...and their joy lasted for all of four minutes.
Lionel Messi equalized for Barca in the 29th minute, racing down the right side before putting a bit too much on the ball and sending it right to Robson Weligton. Messi was at full speed though and jumped right on to Weligton, taking the ball away and moving in to the box before curling a shot past Kamini to make it 1-1.
A minute later, captain Carles Puyol put Barcelona in the lead somehow heading home a Tello corner as he was moving away from the goal. Puyol's header went back across the face of goal and tucked itself in the side netting making it 2-1 for the home side.
Alexis whiffed on yet another point blank chance in the 38th minute. Tello whipped in another perfectly placed cross to Alexis at the fair post and the Chilean, who had a significant portion of the net to aim at, sent the ball sailing in the wrong direction.
In the 75th minute Cesc Fábregas found Pedro behind the Malaga defense with a precise long ball and Nacho Monreal had no choice but to bring Pedro down, denying a goal scoring opportunity. The referee wasted no time showing Monreal a red card and forcing Malaga to play with 10-men for the final 15 minutes.
With just stoppage time looming, Malaga stunned the Camp Cou crowd with an equalizer that puts Barcelona in serious trouble heading in to the second leg at La Rosadela. Duda whipped a ball the far post where Ignacio Camacho put the ball past Pinto in the far corner with a perfectly executed volley.
This is a great position for Malaga but lets be honest, if any club is capable of completely running away with the second leg it's Barcelona. It should be a fun match in Malaga.