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Debutant N'Diaye snatches welcome last-minute win for Malaga

N'Diaye gets past Campillo and scores Malaga's second and winning goal in the 89th minute of the match in Lugo.
N'Diaye gets past Campillo and scores Malaga's second and winning goal in the 89th minute of the match in Lugo. / Lof
  • Two goals in the last five minutes gave Malaga an unforeseen victory in their first game of the season in Lugo

Malaga CF left the football field with an unexpected victory in their first game of the season as new members of Segunda against Lugo.

It seemed at first that Cristian Herrera's goal early in the first half, capitalising on some sloppy play from Javi Ontiveros, would lead to an easy win for Lugo playing at home in the Anxo Carro stadium.

It was in the last five of the game, however, that Malaga managed to turn the scoreboard round in their favour, when goals came from Juankar and debutant midfielder Alfred N'Diaye.

The full-back, who came on as a half-time substitute for Ontiveros, tapped in at the back post after a cross from Hicham with four minutes left on the clock.

Just three minutes later, N'Diaye converted Federico Ricca's cross with a header.

While Malaga'a play was not brilliant they stuck to their guns and earned their three points with ambition and humility.

The win, putting them second on the league table, will add to the enthusiasm of the thousands of fans heading to the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga for the Blue and Whites' first home game of the season, this evening (Friday 24th) at 10pm.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, head coach Muñiz warned that the side must not underestimate their rivals, the Madrid side, Alcorcón: "Alcorcón is a team with experience. They know the division. Their ideas are very clear. They are a dangerous rival."

He went on to say that to beat them Malaga needed to equal their rivals in their positive attitude and be patient. "The first game gave us a clear idea of what this category is going to be like, but this is just one game won with no more than a one-goal difference," he said.

With regard to his own feelings about his return to the Malaga ground, he said, "I don't feel like a new boy at La Rosaleda. I'll feel like any other supporter, pushing them towards their objectives."