Lazio claim the Costa del Sol Trophy

En-Nesyri's late cameo provided a spark but he couldn't find the equaliser.
En-Nesyri's late cameo provided a spark but he couldn't find the equaliser. / SUR
  • Head coach Míchel said that there was no need to panic just yet despite LaLiga kicking off in a fortnight

Malaga's miserable record in preseason continued as Italian side Lazio claimed a comfortable 1-0 victory in the Costa del Sol Trophy match in front of a half-full La Rosaleda on Saturday night.

Míchel fielded an eleven which many would expect to line up in the season's opener against Eibar on 21 August, but his side, visibly lacking in confidence, were second best to the Italians who were unfortunate not to take a lead into half time.

Inzaghi's men fashioned the clearest chances, with Adam Marušić testing the reflexes of Roberto from range.

Spaniard Keita Baldé had the crowd on its feet as he tricked his way past three Malaga defenders before his left-footed strike cannoned out off the inside of the post.

Malaga's Adrián ought to have done better with his header after 34 minutes which went straight at Thomas Strakosha.

There were no wholesales changes at the break and that certainly worked in the visitors' favour. They maintained the same intensity and took the lead after Juankar got caught between Ciro Immobile and his own goalkeeper, inadvertently flicking the ball into his own net under pressure.

The home faithful expected a fightback but it was delayed in coming. Only after wholesales changes (with debuts for Cecchini and Diego) did the home side show any sign of affecting the scoreline. The latter came closest with a free header that sailed wide when it looked easier to score.

En-Nesyri toiled and forced the keeper into a good save from the angle, but in truth Lazio never looked overtly troubled and went on to claim the trophy.

When asked if he was worried that his side had lost all of their preseason games so far, head coach Míchel was calm. He said: "We've still got a fortnight to go. We will continue to search for solutions, whether from inside the squad or outside."

When pushed on possible transfer activity, the former Olympiacos boss said: "I get the impression there is money to spend; our priority right now is a centre midfielder and a forward."

Malaga take on both Granada and Cadiz in local friendlies this coming week ahead of the start of the new season in a fortnight.