FC Barcelona has maintained their four-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win over the bottom club Málaga at the Camp Nou after Andres Iniesta scored his first goal in over a year.
The Catalan club led within two minutes as Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for the club, but it should not have counted as the ball went out of play before Lucas Digne’s crossed for an easy flick-in by Deulofeu.
“It’s absurd, the ball was half a metre out over the line,” said the Málaga defender Luis Hernández afterwards. “Once again, a decision is made that we suffer from. We are not going to blame the referees for our place in the league, but it’s hurting us a lot.”
On the other hand, Barca’s second was less controversial as Lionel Messi found captain Iniesta, whose deflected shot flew past debutant keeper Andres Prieto — his first strike since scoring against Celtic in the Champions League in September 2016.
The game would had been sealed when a fierce shot from Sergio Keko looked to have hit Digne’s hand before cannoning up into his face in the area, but again to Málaga’s disadvantage, nothing was given.
Barca forward Luis Suárez should have scored a third with 15 minutes left but dragged a close-range shot wide after being picked out by Sergi Roberto, while Luis Hernández saw his header drift just past the post at the other end.
The result meant that table leaders Barca are still four points above second-placed Valencia, who remain unbeaten and had impressively dispatched fifth-placed Sevilla 4-0 earlier on Saturday.