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Atlético rain on Malaga Femenino's parade

Marta challenges Spain international Jenni Hermoso for the ball.
Marta challenges Spain international Jenni Hermoso for the ball. / Francis Silva
  • It was not a return to top-flight action to remember as the reigning champions ran riot against Contreras' side

Saturday was a big day for Malaga Femenino as they played their first game back in the top flight following their all-conquering promotion campaign last year.

Reigning champions Atlético Madrid awaited on a very wet day in Malaga but despite the conditions and the lack of cover at the Malaga Football Federation's stadium, as well as the clashing men's fixture, some 800 people turned out to support their team as they faced a baptism of fire.

The opening goal came as early as the 14th minute when Atlético forward Ludmila latched onto a through ball to finish. From that point on, the physicality of the Madrid side came into evidence and the Malaga women struggled to cope.

Debutant defenders Ruth and Encarni were worked hard and, despite the scoreline, came out with a lot of credit, especially during the first half when the rain helped to level the playing field.

The resistance faded almost immediately after the break when Ludmila bagged her second, seconds after the restart.

Malaga keeper Chelsea was kept busy throughout but she was unable to stop Spain international Jenni Hermoso making it three, nor an own goal from Leticia who couldn't adjust her body in time during a free-for-all in the area.

Lacking strength, but also a bit of luck, Malaga go into the next game against Real Sociedad on Sunday knowing they will face few tougher tests than what they faced last weekend.