surinenglish

Comeback defeat on the road for Femenino in first game following relegation

Keeper Noelia Gil rushes to deny the striker.
Keeper Noelia Gil rushes to deny the striker. / ADG
  • Malaga's women surrendered a first-half lead to lose against Santa Teresa in Badajoz on Sunday - their first game back in the second tier following relegation last season

The long summer was brought to an abrupt end for Malaga's women's team as they lost in the first game back in the second tier following relegation last season. Malaga surrendered a first-half lead to lose against Santa Teresa in Badajoz on Sunday.

The Costa side took an early lead in the 14th minute courtesy of María Ruiz but the scores were level twenty minutes later when Belén scored direct from a freekick.

The hosts then stepped on the gas and could have gone ahead just before the break. First, Belén couldn't stretch to connect with Carla's cross, then Carola hit the ball off the woodwork.

Malaga regained their rhythm at the start of the second half but Santa Teresa showed the clinical edge their opponents were lacking when Estefa made it 2-1 with a little more than half an hour to go.

Despite going down to ten men after Arantxa picked up her second yellow card, Malaga kept the ball well and could have grabbed the equaliser had María Ruiz not hit the post in the 89th minute.