Not in the squad on Wednesday were veteran Ukrainian forward Yevhen Seleznov and Argentinean central midfielder Emanuel Cecchini as both closed in on moves away from the club.
Seleznov, 34, only joined Malaga in January (from Akhisar) but failed
...especially those who are high earners, with the wage cap set to drop to around 50 per cent of what it was for last season. On this front, very little has been achieved so far, barring the decision not to activate the extension clause in Yevhen Seleznov
...renewed his contract on Tuesday.
Nine players will leave after the conclusion of their loans: Pawel Kieszek, Axel Werner, Pau Torres, Alfred N'Diaye, Erik Morán, Iván Alejo, Mamadou Koné, Gustavo Blanco Leschuk and Yevhen Seleznov. Also leaving will be
...proved to be the calm before the storm, however, as everything changed after half time.
Malaga coach Juan Ramón Muñiz decided to shake up his attacking options with a double half-time switch, bringing on both Álex Mula and Yevhen Seleznov for the in ... half, the game opened up completely. This suited Malaga who, playing a man down and without the weight of expectation, started to create more chances.
Seleznov, whose miserable run in front of goal continues, as well as Gustavo Blanco Leschuk and even
...rocked the woodwork again, this time from a freekick, and Malaga’s Yevhen Seleznov who nodded his header onto the post.
Despite a strong start to the encounter, Malaga coach Juan Ramón Muñiz admitted that Sporting were “well organised” and that his side
...better, with five wins, three draws and six defeats.
He also chose to start with Seleznov up front instead of Blanco, presumably because of the latter's recent goal drought. The Ukrainian failed to deliver, however, never being where he should have been
Iván, Luis Hernández, Pau, Ricca; Renato (Seleznov, 78'), N'Diaye, Keidi (Mula, 77'), Adrián, Ontiveros (Harper, 80'); Blanco Leschuk. Unused subsitutes: Kieszek, Cifu, Diego González, Erik Morán.
Osasuna: Rubén; Nacho Vidal, David García, Unai García, ... Munir.
Unmoved until this point, falling behind prompted Muñiz into action. On came Yevhen Seleznov, Álex Mula and Jack Harper as he abandoned his cautious 4-1-4-1 in favour of an attacking 4-4-2 diamond with Harper at the tip.
However, this exposed ... his side at the back and they nearly conceded two goals in two minutes, with Munir denying Villar twice - on the second occasion in spectacular fashion.
A vague penalty appeal for the use of a hand to block Seleznov's shot from the edge of the box
Malaga: Munir; Iván, Luis Hernández, Pau Torres, Federico Ricca; Iván Alejo (Seleznov, 65'), Keidi, N'Diaye, Adrián (Erik Morán, 9' (Ontiveros, 46')), Harper; Blanco Leschuk. Unused substitutes: Kieszek, Cifu, Lombán, Renato.
Referee: Bikandi Garrido. ... Seleznov missed a clear chance to level the scores after Alfred N'Diaye's header was spectacularly denied by Carlos Abad on the stretch, leaving the Ukrainian with all the goal to aim at. But, on his weaker foot, he could only direct his effort into the
Malaga: Munir; Iván, Diego González, Pau, Ricca; Iván Alejo (Harper, 84'), N'Diaye, Adrián, Keidi, Dani Pacheco (Renato, 78'); Blanco Leschuk (Seleznov, 59'). Unused subsititues: Kieszek, Cifu, Luis Hernández, Erik Morán.
Deportivo ... Gustavo Blanco Leschuk but the forward, now 16 games without a goal, fired straight at the keeper when he had practically the whole goal to aim at.
The Argentinian was hooked off almost immediately but his replacement, Yevhen Seleznov, equally offered