Barca drops first points

MADRID – Barcelona dropped their first points of the La Liga season as they were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw away to Malaga yesterday.

Sevilla moved level with the Catalans on 13 points at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad thanks to on-loan Barca winger Gerard Deulofeu’s winner, whilst Atletico Madrid are now just two points behind the leaders as they too won 1-0 away at Almeria.

Barca stretched their run without conceding a goal to six games, but lacked the spark they have shown so far this season as Lionel Messi was kept in check by the Malaga defence.

It was the hosts who came closest to scoring as Luis Alberto’s fine free-kick was turned onto the post by Claudio Bravo.

“We weren’t precise in the last few metres of the pitch, but at no point did we suffer,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique.

“It was the most difficult game for us so far, but that was down to what our opponents did right.”