Malaga fell to defeat in their first competitive match since the Segunda division's postponement, losing 1-3 to Huesca at La Rosaleda on Friday night in a game where both teams had a player red-carded.
In a jam-packed encounter with some contentious refereeing calls, Malaga only had Armando Sadiku’s penalty to show for their endeavours, as goals from David Ferreiro, Dani Raba and Rafa Mir won it for the opposition.
Huesca, who have hopes of promotion to La Liga, hit first inside just two minutes when David Ferreiro fired past goalkeeper Munir at his near post after Raba’s clever cross.
Malaga struggled to click into gear early on, but when Huesca’s Juan Carlos was dismissed after a reckless kick-out on Tete Morente to give them a numerical advantage, Sergio Pellicer’s team grew into the match and were given the chance to level the scores when they were awarded a penalty after a fine break.
Tete Morente won the ball from the opposition defence to send Juanpi free down the middle, who found Tete again who was then fouled, allowing striker Armando Sadiku to score his eleventh goal of the season from the spot.
With Malaga seemingly back on track, they conceded a penalty themselves in the tenth minute of a mammoth injury time spell, after the referee believed Raba had been brought to the ground by Diego González.
Raba himself scored to put the team from Aragón ahead once again to conclude a chaotic first half.
In the second period, Malaga too were reduced to ten men when defender David Lombán was adjudged to have stopped substitute Rafa Mir racing through on goal.
Replays did not appear to show any infringement, but the referee decided not to consult video footage and quickly produced a red card.
Juanpi and substitute Renato Santos threatened to pull the scores level with shots from distance, but Malaga's fate was sealed when Rafa Mir beat Munir to the corner to head home his side's third and seal a convincing victory.