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An agonising but crucial victory for Malaga

Malaga players celebrate Borja Bastón's winning goal.
Malaga players celebrate Borja Bastón's winning goal. / ÑITO SALAS
  • MAlaga 3 - 2 Deportivo

  • The Blue and Whites show signs of a change in fortunes with their third win of the season in front of devoted fans

It would be unwise to go as far as to talk about a “resurrection” but on Sunday, at home against Deportivo, Malaga certainly showed signs of pulling themselves out of the void they have been in for much of the season.

In front of a Rosaleda stadium packed with devoted fans, who all answered calls to turn up with their blue and white scarves, Malaga achieved their second victory of the season.

Once again though, it was not without suffering, taking the home crowd on a rollercoaster ride, from being one goal up to level, to a goal down and to level again before finishing on a high thanks to a final goal from Borja Bastón in the 84th minute.

Head coach Míchel had chosen the most natural option to replace Recio, suspended for a game after accumulating five yellow cards, bringing in his only central midfielder, Rolón, and keeping his usual 4-4-2 formation.

The first goal of the game came as an early boost for the home side, scored by Rosales following a corner kick taken by Chory Castro.

It only took the visitors eight minutes to equalise, however, when Borges centred the ball for Lucas Pérez to head into the back of the net.

Malaga did their best to regain their lead creating three goal opportunities before half time, but failed to take advantage of any of them.

A positive start to the second half was shattered by a goal scored by Deportivo’s Schar off a pass from Lucas Pérez.

It was back to an all-too-familiar losing position, however the mood started to pick up with fresh players on the pitch - Juanpi and Ontiveros. This build-up culminated in the equaliser scored by Chory Castro for the home side in the 63rd minute, marking the start of what seemed like a whole new match for Malaga.

Míchel brought on Borja Bastón, who could have scored almost immediately if the referee hadn’t deemed him offside. He had his chance later, however, when he calmly took the ball from Deportivo’s Rubén and brought the home side ahead again in the 84th minute.

There followed a few final minutes of suffering for the crowds in La Rosaleda, who could finally relax with the result they had been hoping for.

Malaga are no longer bottom of the table, but with their seven points remain in the relegation zone with a difficult clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabéu waiting for them this coming weekend.