Angeleri and Santa Cruz throw an AustralianRules football at the Adelaide Oval. :: SUR
Following the 27-hour journey, there were two light training sessions and an evening reception with the Spanish Ambassador. Today, the team face Adelaide United who, after a record demand for tickets, have had to change stadiums for the match which will now take place in the Adelaide Oval. It is expected that more than 20,000 fans will attend the match that is their first between a Spanish and Australian team.
Malaga’s second match takes place on Sunday at 9am (Spain time) against Perth Glory, before the brief tour comes to an end. “To begin with I didn’t like the idea of going at all, but then I saw the positive side,” said Malaga manager, Javi Gracia.
The week at Malaga CF began with outgoing Willy Caballero giving out his final press conference prior to his move to Manchester City. Widely considered to be the club’s best ever goalkeeper, Caballero said: “Part of my heart will stay here and another part will go to England. I have my house in Malaga and my family are very happy here - we will be back.”
Another player who will be leaving the Costa del Sol is left-back Eliseu, who will move to Benfica in a deal worth 1.5 million euros. Eliseu was initially left out of the Australia squad as he was told he had to “adjust his weight” by Gracia. However, it has since been revealed that he will join the Portuguese champions. “I am very sad and I didn’t want to leave. But this is the way things turned out,” he said.