Lionel Messi found himself on the ground a couple of times during last night’s feisty 0-0 draw between Barcelona and Malaga. The table topping Catalans have yet to concede a single goal in this relatively new La Liga season. In a taut, tense match their hosts Malaga visibly lifted their own efforts to match their illustrious visitors. Some of their players went a little too far at times. After a typically magical dribble along the line, Messi and Weligton Oliveira faced off, at which point the Malaga defender did this.
Here it is in slow motion.
Astonishingly the referee only gave Weligton a yellow for this assault. He had approached the incident with the red card in his hand, but must have had a change of heart during the kurfuffle, prior to dishing out justice.
In truth, it was a terrible match and the above was probably the only talking point. You can expect Barcelona to put 4 or 5 past Malaga in the return fixture, they won’t forget this incident quickly.
Weligton gets himself a little rare attention