Gerard Pique showed a striker's finish to score Barca's second goal. And Leo Messi scored from an all too infrequent source - his head for the Catalonian club's final strike. Malaga exploited Barca's soft defense, especially Pique, while Jose Pinto did not exactly impress with his goalkeeping.
There was a Roque Santa Cruz sighting scoring Malaga's equalizer before Barca put the match away. The other scorers were Pedro and Iniesta for Barca while Joaquin got the first goal for Malaga. But the difference maker was Dani Alves who knows the art of a fine cross. Two of his deliveries proved unstoppable.
Barca move ahead and now meet Real Madrid in a mouth watering Copa Del Rey semi-final. There should be some interesting mix ups at the back with both sides grappling with goalkeeping controversies. Iker Casillas who was benched by Mourinho is out for two months with a broken bone in his hand while Victor Valdes has fallen out of favour at Barca after refusing to renew his contract. Both their understudies have not inspired any great confidence with their displays.