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Barcelona win at Malaga without Lionel Messi

sports Updated: Aug 27, 2013 03:58 IST
Lionel Messi

Playing without the injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona needed Adriano's long strike Sunday to beat Malaga 1-0 and maintain a perfect record through two rounds of the Spanish league.

Barcelona kept Bernd Schuster's team pushed back in its area early on at La Rosaleda Stadium but failed to finish its scoring chances until Adriano broke through in the 44th minute.

Neymar went on as a substitute for the third straight game for Barcelona in the second half and shone with his dribbling, pace and a pair of shots that almost doubled the final margin.

Messi bruised a muscle in his left thigh during Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Adriano doubtful
Adriano is doubtful for Wednesday's second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico after injuring his right leg. Barcelona says Adriano "strained a muscle in his right leg" after scoring the winner. He was substituted at halftime. Barcelona may also be without Lionel Messi.

Real not the only one
London: Tottenham have received offers from more than one club for Real Madrid target Gareth Bale, according to reports on Monday. Reports claim Spurs have been approached by at least one other club with a firm bid for Bale, leading to speculation Manchester United or Paris Saint Germain might try to steal the star from Madrid's clutches.

PSG are backed by Qatari owners who have already spent millions on transforming the French club into a European force, while United's David Moyes is desperate to make a marquee signing after a frustrating summer in the transfer market.