Incredible Kameni denies Barcelona

Kameni and Piqué.
Kameni and Piqué. / REUTERS
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  • The Malaga keeper produced the game of his life to deny Barcelona a deserved victory in the most sensational and action-packed goalless draw of the season

Kameni produced a number of high-quality saves to deny a Barcelona side who dominated the game from start to finish. Despite a bizarre refereeing performance, with the away side finishing with only nine players, Malaga were able to hang on to secure an important point.

Barcelona dominated the first half, commanding nearly 80% of the possession, but were unable to find a way through, with Kameni the saviour for the Boquerones

Malaga nearly got off to a disastrous start after Messi chipped over the defence for Alcácer to score after just two minutes. On this occasion it was the linesman’s flag that saved them. However, the effort was a preview of things to come.

With the majority of the game being played in Malaga’s third, it was vital that Kameni stayed sharp between the sticks. The Cameroonian international did not disappoint, saving well from Piqué’s snap shot from a corner. Kameni was again called upon on the half-hour mark with a phenomenal save from Rafinha’s first-time shot to deny Barcelona the lead they deserved.

Malaga had very little in the way of attack, with their only viable scoring chance coming from a solo Sandro counter-attack. However, the former Barcelona forward could only force a comfortable save from Ter Stegen.

Barcelona started the second half in much the same manner, continuously threatening the Malaga goal. Neymar had a number of chances but failed to stretch Kameni, who saved easily from his curling effort and header.

Malaga had the opportunity to take a shock lead midway through the second half as Juanpi played in Juankar. The Spanish midfielder rounded the Barcelona keeper but could only find the side netting with the empty net at his mercy. From this moment on, however, the Catalan club controlled the game.

The officials also played their part in the incredible tie with a number of questionable decisions. The first came about when Llorente hacked down Neymar to find himself on the receiving end of a red card. While the tackle was high and undoubtedly cynical, the decision still seemed harsh.

The final ten minutes of the game were immensely frantic for the Malaga defence, as Barcelona descended upon their goal time and time again. Rakitic came close, heading agonisingly wide from a corner. Just a minute later, Barcelona again had a goal ruled out for offside, as Andre Gomes’ header struck the crossbar before Piqué poked home the rebound from an offside position. However, replays revealed that the goal should have stood.

Kameni again came to the rescue in injury time, producing an outstanding scrambling save from Neymar’s header, before rushing out of his goal to block another goalbound effort.

The drama continued as the four minutes of added time turned into seven, with the referee producing another bizarre red card for Juankar as he seemingly protested the lack of a final whistle. Despite everything, Malaga held on to secure a draw in one of the most entertaining goalless draws of the season.