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Malaga steady themselves with hard-fought away draw

Malaga survived a goalmouth scramble in the first half.
Malaga survived a goalmouth scramble in the first half. / Agencia Lof
  • Sergio Pellicer's side showed spirit in Tenerife on Monday night as they went down to ten men for the second game in a row after Keidi Bare picked up two bookings in five minutes

Malaga battled hard to claim a point in Tenerife on Monday night, standing firm in the face of the dominant home side in a game made all the more difficult by midfielder Keidi Bare’s red card just before half time.

Keidi, the second Malaga player to see red in three days, was dismissed after two yellow-card challenges in a five-minute spell.

Malaga were second best throughout but almost took the lead within three minutes when Juankar met Tete Morente’s accurate cross from the right but could only head straight at keeper Adrián Ortolá.

Forwards Gómez and Joselu were a constant threat to Malaga's backline, and Gómez nearly dinked his team ahead after being teed up by Shaquell Moore who robbed Mikel Villanueva of the ball on the right wing.

His partner came even closer, but Joselu saw a close-range shot ricochet off the Malaga defence and onto the post.

Goméz edged nearer to a goal, and struck powerfully after collecting Aitor Sanz’s precise pass, but stopper Munir – much improved from his performance against Huesca – dived low to save the attempt.

Malaga struggled to make an impact, and Armando Sadiku’s shot from distance was easily blocked by Ortolá, to sum up a passive first half display, made worse by Bare’s exit.

Tenerife, buoyed by the player advantage, continued to attack in the second half and Gómez finally had the ball in the net following neat play, but Joselu was ruled offside in the build-up.

Gómez, looking more and more likely, threatened again when he turned sharply in the box but his shot was well dealt with by Munir.

Keidi Bare (centre) was sent off just before half time.

Keidi Bare (centre) was sent off just before half time. / Agencia Lof

Malaga, who struggled for possession, conjured an unlikely chance when Juankar’s low cross bounced off defender Alex Muñoz but was brilliantly stopped by Ortolá.

The visitors failed to muster any more efforts but held firm as former Villarreal winger Nahuel Leiva made an impact from the bench for Tenerife but could not convert his best opportunity from close range.

The islanders kept pressing for a late winner, and Ramón Miérez nearly decided the game, but he headed over from a corner as Malaga snatched a useful point.