It was a game that no one was looking forward to. With nothing to play for, and with the home crowd at La Rosaleda baying for blood, Malaga put in a performance that matched the atmosphere as they lost 3-0 to Deportivo Alavés in the Sunday lunchtime kickoff.
With a nod to next season, Andrés Prieto was given the nod between the sticks but the youngster had to pick the ball out of the net as early as the third minute when Manu García buried the ball in the bottom left corner with a left-footed strike from Víctor López’s cross.
Evidently enjoying their time on the Costa del Sol, the Basque side continued to create chances through forwards John Guidetti and Ermedin Demirović.
Malaga defender Ignasi Miquel had two chances in the 35th minute; his first header was saved in the top corner by the keeper and from the resultant play his second was blocked by the defender.
Alavés could have doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time through Manu García but his shot from the left was saved low by Prieto.
Borja Bastón replaced Brown Ideye at the break and this coincided with Malaga’s best period of the game. Within seven minutes of the restart, the hosts carved out opportunities for Adrián, Maxime Lestienne and Diego Rolán.
The visitors, however, weathered the storm and bagged their second in the 68th minute when Demirović latched onto Ibai Gómez’s through ball on a fast break and placed his shot into the bottom left corner.
It proved to be a quickfire double when just two minutes later Gómez himself struck the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.
With the clock ticking down, Malaga turned to the long ball in search of a consolation. But barring two late headers from Bastón and Diego González, the visitors were the ones who looked most likely to get the next goal.
However, it finished with just three – Malaga’s second biggest defeat of the season -, denting the side’s chances of avoiding finishing bottom.