Malaga's woeful run continued as they fell to their second consecutive league defeat on Saturday night. Newly-promoted Girona made history as they claimed their first ever win in the top flight at the expense of an ineffective Malaga side in desperate need of signings before the close of the transfer window next week.
Head coach Míchel reverted to a more conventional back four, sacrificing Diego González to give a first team debut to youngster Mula from the academy.
The winger was a rare bright spark on yet another torrid evening for the Costa side. The more attacking shape made little difference overall as the Blue and Whites managed just four attempts on goal all game.
However, this change of approach could not be blamed for the home side taking the lead within half an hour as former Malaga man Pedro Alcalá tapped into an empty net from an offside position following a set piece.
Good chances fell the way of Juanpi in the first half and then his replacement at half time, Jony, who was thwarted by Iraizoz in the one-on-one; but a below-par Malaga side in truth looked more likely to concede the second goal, with Girona, and especially Cristhian Stuani, looking threatening on the break.
Malaga welcome Las Palmas to La Rosaleda next and will be hoping to have added a new forward to their ranks by then.