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Pre-Season Friendly: Malaysia 1 Barcelona 3

10 August 2013 16:57

Barcelona rounded off their tour of Asia with a 3-1 win over Malaysia on Saturday, although there was an injury scare for Cesc Fabregas.

The Spain international - a close-season target for Manchester United - gave Barca the lead with a header that goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi failed to deal with.

However, Malaysia equalised in stunning circumstances as Amri Yahyah's screamer enthused the crowd at the Shah Alam Stadium - although the lead was soon restored by Neymar and then extended after the break by Gerard Pique.

With time running out, there was concern for Barca as Fabregas limped off with an ankle problem, although it remains to be seen how serious the injury is.

Lionel Messi did not feature due to a hamstring problem, so Neymar played alongside Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez in attack.

Barca dominated the early stages, but they were given a scare after 20 minutes as Idlan Talaha pounced on indecision from Pique and Sergio Busquets before lofting the ball over Victor Valdes, but the goalkeeper could only watch as it bounced back off the post.

However, the Liga champions asserted their dominance just after the half-hour mark as Jordi Alba burst down the left and clipped a ball to the back post, which was met by the head of Fabregas.

The playmaker's touch was firm and low, and Fahmi could only weakly palm the ball into his own net.

A raucous Malaysian crowd were soon in full voice, though, as the hosts equalised in stunning fashion just four minutes before the break.

A long ball from the left wing should have been easily cleared by Alba, but he could only knock the ball into Yahyah's path and he curled a sumptuous effort into the corner of Valdes' goal from 25 yards.

Parity was shortlived, however - and within a few minutes Barca were back in front.

Neymar picked up Fabregas' angled ball into the area and slotted a left-footed shot past Fahmi at the near post.

A raft of changes in the second half upset the flow of proceedings, but the win was secured for Barca with 15 minutes to go and Fabregas was again the provider, chipping into the path of Pique, who lashed an effort into the roof of the net.

Barca boss Gerardo Martino may have been concerned late on, though, as Fabregas limped off five minutes from the end.

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