Malaga's women's side took an important step on Sunday as they came out on top against EDF Logroño (2-1) in the battle of the newly-promoted sides.
The visitors started well, and took the lead as early as the second minute. Malaga's Natalia subtly knocked the ball past Logroño keeper Andrea after Ana Tejada failed to clear the ball into the box from Natalia.
After the setback, the home side settled into a rhythm and threatened to catch the Malaga defence with the pace of Jade in behind.
Nágela squandered a clear chance at an equaliser from a corner when she failed to make meaningful contact on the ball when completely unmarked and with only Chelsea to beat.
For Malaga, Patricia and María Ruiz also had attempts on goal, but Andrea intervened with two brilliant saves.
A great chance again fell to Patricia but she was unable to put away a great cross.
However, Logroño were able to find the equaliser in the 35th minute via a different route as substitute Rebeca scored from a corner.
Malaga's Dominika tried her luck from fully 30 metres early in the second half but the slightest touch from Andrea diverted the ball onto the crossbar.
It was only a matter of time, though, until Malaga were able to take advantage of a defensive weakness with a goal from Natalia as a result of a foul in a wide area.
Despite there being half an hour still to play, Malaga were able to suppress the threat from the host and could have extended their lead, but for some more heroic keeping from Andrea.
Malaga, having completed back-to-back wins and their first on the road leap up to tenth place. Logroño, meanwhile, fall to 16th.