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Lombán rescues a valuable point on the road for Malaga

Defender David Lombán makes a clearance.
Defender David Lombán makes a clearance. / C. TORRES
  • The defender scored his second goal in two games on his side's trip to Gran Canaria on Friday night

Malaga's trip to the Canaries yielded a point after defender David Lombán cancelled out Eric Curbelo's opener for Las Palmas on Friday night.

In what was a game of many chances, neither side will get full marks for their finishing. Malaga’s Armando Sadiku was perhaps the biggest culprit, failing to convert three good chances in the first half, including failing to connect with a header from a yard out and skewing one effort well wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Las Palmas’ Rubén Castro was guilty too, poking wide of Munir’s goal from barely six yards out just before half time.

Munir made a string of saves in the second half.

Munir made a string of saves in the second half. / C. TORRES

The hosts had been primarily on the back foot in the opening 45 minutes but emerged reinvigorated after the break, scoring within three minutes of the restart. Eric Curbelo lost his marker before heading Ariday Cabrera’s corner past a helpless Munir.

The Moroccan keeper was kept busy in the second half, making a superb reaction save to deny Castro’s header, which the striker bizarrely was unable to follow up.

Munir then held on to Pedri’s low effort, before showing his more acrobatic skills with a low sprawling save to deny Castro once more.

But just when the visitors were on the back foot, Dani Pacheco’s whipped corner was headed home at the near post by David Lombán to give them a route back into the game.

This came after Sergio Pellicer, recently confirmed as coach until the end of the season, attracted the ire of Keidi Bare by replacing the Albanian with Hicham in a change to a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Juanpi then came close with a freekick, before Hicham himself tried to catch the keeper out at the near post, but Álvaro Valles was equal to it.

Overall, a point apiece was a fair result. With better finishing, however, the scoreboard could easily have been a lot different.