Ignacio Camacho celebrates one of his goals. :: ÑITO SALAS
Finally Malaga brought their impressive away form back to La Rosaleda as they move up to 11th place in the league after Sunday’s win. It was the first victory recorded in five home matches and only the second home win of 2014 as the players were motivated by a great atmosphere in the stadium.
Granada started with energy and Brahimi should have put the team ahead after he managed to take the ball past Caballero but struck into the side netting.
The first goal came from a well worked corner routine. Samu picked up the ball on the edge of the area and delivered a perfect cross that was neatly guided into the goal by Camacho.
The game was open and both teams had chances going forward, Malaga were more clinical in front of goal and wasted no time in doubling their lead. It was again defensive midfielder Camacho who scored from a corner with a powerful header. The Spaniard is now the team’s joint top goal scorer this season along with Santa Cruz and it is likely that in the coming weeks his contract will be extended.
The crucial moment in the game came at the closing stages of the first half. Granada were awarded a penalty after Samu’s foul on Brahimi. A goal conceded at this point in game would have bought Granada right back into the game. However, El Arabi’s penalty was saved by Caballero to the delight of the home fans who were cheering for him to make the Argentina national team.
Granada’s poor quality set piece defending continued after the break as Camacho was brought down in the box following a corner earning the team a penalty. Amrabat fired into the top corner. At 3-0 victory was secured and La Rosaleda went into fiesta mode.
Malaga saved the best goal until last. Jesús Gámez’s lobbed ball was latched onto by Juanmi whose first touch took the ball past goalkeeper Roberto, allowing him to score his second goal in two matches.
Late in the game Caballero misdirected a clearance which allowed El Arabi in on goal. He made up for his earlier miss and scored a consolation goal to restore some pride for Granada.
Schuster knows that the victory was a huge step in the team’s effort to stay in La Liga: “I am happy that finally the fans have seen a victory at home. But we still have to win one more match to be safe, now we can’t stop because we need more points. The penalty was at a key psychological moment because it could have made us nervous. But it actually gave us faith.”
The victory puts seven points between the Blue and Whites and the relegation zone and just two from 40 points which is considered to mean survival.