Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi absence from Malaga clash explained

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi absence from Malaga clash explained

Messi and his wife are known to be expecting the birth of their third child imminently.

Messi missed the game following the birth of his third son and first-half goals from Luis Suarez and Coutinho saw Ernesto Valverde's men take control of the contest before Malaga winger Samu was sent off for a terrible lunge on Jordi Alba. However, in the absence of Lionel Messi, who was missing due to the birth of his third child, Dembele impressed at La Rosaleda.

"Welcome Ciro", Messi wrote in his Instagram post.

Change to the squad. "Welcome Ciro! I thank God that everything went perfectly". The couple already have two sons - Thiago (Born 2012) and Mateo (Born 2015).

Barcelona are first in the La Liga table with 72 points from 28 matches ahead of Atletico Madrid, who are in the second place with 61 points from 27 matches. His mother and he are doing really well. "We are super happy (translated)".

Despite their one-man advantage, though, Barca didn't add to their tally after the break and Valverde conceded that thoughts had turned to Wednesday's crucial Champions League game against Chelsea.

At the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Rodrigo scored both goals as Valencia boosted their top-four hopes with a 2-0 win over Sevilla.

That result put Barca, who are unbeaten in La Liga this campaign, eight points clear.

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