Barca battle past Malaga

  • Last Updated: January 24 2013, 23:48 GMT

A review of Thursday night's action in Spain's Copa del Rey, including progress for Barcelona and Athletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal for Barcelona
Lionel Messi celebrates his goal for Barcelona

Barcelona overcame a spirited display from Malaga to claim their place in the last four of the Copa del Rey with a 6-4 aggregate win.

With the clubs tied at 2-2 following the opening match at the Nou Camp, Pedro gave Barca a ninth-minute lead only for Joaquin to level matters four minutes later.

Gerard Pique then restored the Catalan side's advantage four minutes into the second half, but the home side again fought back with a goal from Roque Santa Cruz after 68 minutes.

However, late strikes from Andres Iniesta (76) and Lionel Messi (80) finally put the tie to bed with a 4-2 scoreline on the night.

In the night's other quarter-final, a 1-1 draw with Real Betis was enough to send Atletico Madrid through 3-1 on aggregate.

Looking to defend a 2-0 first-leg advantage, Atletico extended that with a goal on the stroke of half-time from Diego Costa.

Betis were never in the match and a last-minute penalty from Jorge Molina was little more than a consolation for the hosts.


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