Caballero lies in the goal after a scrambling attempt to prevent Celta's third goal,
Malaga slipped to 16th in La Liga following an extraordinary 5-0 defeat at home to Celta Vigo, who have now leapfrogged Malaga in the table. The thrashing was Malaga’s third consecutive defeat and the third game in a row in which they have failed to register a single goal.
Celta Vigo themselves were coming off the back of a four-game winless run which had left them lingering in the relegation zone. But Malaga’s dreadful defending gifted them a victory which puts Malaga’s season perilously close to derailing.
The rout began in the fifth minute with Álex López placing a shot into the bottom corner after finding sufficient space from just outside the penalty area, despite being surrounded by four Malaga players. Malaga’s poor start continued when Celta added another goal just over 15 minutes later with Augusto Fernández this time taking advantage of poor defending. Left-back Antunes failed to hook away a cross that came over his left shoulder and instead missed the ball completely leaving Fernández the space to half-volley past a static Willy Caballero.
Schuster attempted to put a stop to Celta’s momentum at half-time by making a double substitution with the isolated El Hamdaoui and the ineffective Camacho being the casualties for a poor first-half display.
Celta Vigo’s continued dominance rewarded midfield López with his second of the game in the 64th minute, after another display of comic Malaga defending. Striker Nolito hit the post after evading a careless challenge from Tissone with Caballero saving a shot struck from the rebound. It was then left for López to finally nod into the empty goal to make it 3-0 to the visitors.
The fourth extinguished any hope of an unlikely Malaga comeback, with Nolito curling a shot into the top corner after failing to be challenged by backpedalling Malaga midfielder Chen. Few Malaga fans will have seen completion of the rout in the 81st minute with La Rosaleda emptying quickly following Nolito’s strike. Those remaining saw Charles tapping in a cross within the six-yard box after Malaga failed to properly clear a routine corner.
Defender Weligton took to Twitter to apologise to the fans following the defeat whilst manager Schuster admitted that his team “were very dull” and that the defeat was mostly self-inflicted. Malaga will now face a long trip to Espanyol on Tuesday evening to look to put a stop to the concerning run of defeats.