It is now 15 matches without a win for Malaga's women's team after losing 1-0 in the capital to Madrid CFF on Sunday. Estela's penalty in the 23rd minute was enough to seal all three points for the hosts and to pile the pressure on the Costa side who sit bottom of the table, four points from safety.
Many questions are being asked, principally how a team which made 14 signings could underperform so badly. Reinforcements to the frontline also came in January and yet the side, managed by Antonio Contreras, has only scored six goals in the second half of the season.
Now, with just five games remaining, the saving grace is that six teams remain in the dogfight. Malaga, on 17 points, still have Albacete and Madrid (21 points each), Sevilla (22), Logroño and Sporting de Huelva (23) within reach. However, with trips to high-flying Barcelona and Athletic still on the horizon, Malaga's remaining home fixtures are key to their hopes of staying up.
This Sunday, Albacete come to the Malaga Federación ground (12pm kickoff), ahead of the visits of Huelva (weekend of 20 April) and Rayo Vallecano (weekend of 4 May). Three wins from three can surely be the only way Malaga won't be relegated back to the second tier after just one season in the elite.