Duda scoring his second goal of the night with a clinical finish past Sevilla goalkeeper Beto. :: sur
Schuster: “For the first time this season we have come from behind to win and this is very positive”
This match was billed as a must-win for Malaga as they were teetering just two points above the relegation zone and had gone 450 minutes without scoring a goal. Schuster’s men responded and were transformed for the derby with excellent performances from captain Duda and new signing Amrabat.
The hosts went ahead thanks to a well taken penalty from Duda. However, goals from Bacca and Fazzio gave Sevilla an undeserved 2-1 lead. In a dramatic finale Samuel smashed home an unstoppable shot and Duda completed a terrific performance by netting his second goal.
Sevilla started with a five-man defence with the hope of using their full-backs in counterattacking moves. The game was very equal in the opening exchanges with neither team wanting to take risks going forward. Malaga were dominating the midfield which gave them an advantage and midway through the first half Duda was clumsily brought down in the box. The Portuguese winger took the penalty himself and placed the ball past the outstretched hand of Beto.
Sevilla made a double substitution at half time bringing on Gameiro and Figueiras which gave them confidence. After 49 minutes Bacca received a through ball that opened up the Malaga defence and calmly side-footed into the bottom corner. Things went from bad to worse for the Blue and Whites after 66 minutes when Rakitic whipped in a free kick that was headed by in by Fazzio.
Sevilla did not deserve their lead and Schuster’s team showed courage in regrouping. Pablo Pérez and El Hamdaoui were brought on to provide Malaga with more of an attacking threat. This move gave Amrabat more freedom and the Moroccan international was an increasing hazard, constantly testing the Sevilla defence.
Malaga kept their belief and in the 77th minute Samuel scored a magnificent goal with a strong left-footed shot. The momentum was now with the home team and they were pressing for a winner. Then in the 83rd minute Pérez’s neat pass found man of the match Duda on the edge of the six yard box, he maintained his composure and netted his second of the game.
The final 15 minutes of the match were the best of the season for Malaga and it is the first time that they have managed a comeback this campaign.
Duda was rolling back the years after receiving the confidence of Schuster, while Amrabat provided a threat that no other player has managed to achieve this season. Schuster highlighted how well the Moroccan international incorporated himself into the team: “We have clearly seen that with him we will are going to win much more”.
The atmosphere in the Rosalada during the final stages of the match was magical with the fans rallying behind their team. “It really felt like a derby. I am happy for the fans’ support, they have been with us through a difficult period and their encouragement gave the players confidence,” stated the German manager.
Schuster had asked for a better show of support from the fans for the derby match and they duly responded. In the final minutes of the match there was a squabble involving both managers with Emery calling the Malaga manager a “clown”. The fans united behind Schuster and the chants of “Schuster out!” from two months ago changed to “Schuster get stuck in!” The referee punished the German coach and sent him to the stands meaning he will be banned from the sidelines for next week’s match.
The victory gives Malaga an important three points and lifts them towards mid table safety. Amrabat and Duda stood out as key players in the match and it will be exciting to see how their attacking partnership develops in the coming months. Fans will hope that the team can carry this momentum into Friday’s away match at struggling Rayo Vallecano.