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Femenino show they've still got the fight to remain among the elite

Malaga Femenino pose after the match to celebrate their win.
Malaga Femenino pose after the match to celebrate their win. / GERMÁN POZO
  • Malaga's women took one step closer to salvation on Sunday with their first win in 16 games

Malaga's women's team chalked up their first win in 16 games on Sunday when they took on visitors Albacete on the Federación ground.

Despite the rain, the mud and the poor turnout of just 250 spectators, Malaga proved they’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet and can still fight to lift themselves up from the bottom of the first division.

After 15 games without a win, their reaction came at a crucial point when they faced their direct rivals in the danger zone, Fundación Albacete. And they did it in style - scoring four goals in the same game for the first time this season.

The first half began with the visitors in control, all out to get an early goal, but Malaga were quick to take the reins. This newfound confidence was rewarded with a goal in the 22nd minute, when Cazalla headed the ball into the back of the net off a corner taken by Leticia.

Their lead was cut short however when Albacete scored through Pomares just before half time.

The second half brought Malaga fresh chances as they upped the pace and a goal from Paula put them back in the lead. The home side’s possibilities increased when Armisa was brought on for Mascaró, soon scoring Malaga’s third.

The fans feared the worst when Albacete reacted and Bulatovic scored, but Malaga played on their counterattack and Raquel sealed their victory in the last few minutes.

With just five games to go, Malaga remain bottom of the first division but just one point away from their defeated rivals Albacete, who now sit just above the relegation zone. Their next game is away to Barcelona on 14 April.