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Malaga Femenino crash to third defeat on the bounce

María Ruiz gave Malaga an early lead.
María Ruiz gave Malaga an early lead. / Salvador Salas
  • The hosts started strong but Pozoalbense mounted a comeback and proved resilient in defence in the second half

Despite all the stats portraying a dominant home performance, a second-half penalty from the visiting Pozoalbense condemned Malaga's women's team to their third consecutive league defeat in Cártama on Sunday.

The hosts started strongly, perhaps inspired by their failure to get on the scoresheet last time out, and took the lead in the eighth minute as María Ruiz's left-footed shot clipped the inside of the post on the way in - her third of the season.

However, their lead was shortlived. Marín ran onto a long ball over the top and her quick thinking allowed her to lob the ball over keeper Romero, who was well out of her goal, to level the scores.

María Ruiz's header which grazed the crossbar before half-time meant the teams went in at the break with all to play for in the second half.

But the defining moment came just five minutes after the restart when Ale fouled Marín to gift Karla the chance to grab the go-ahead goal from the 12-yard spot. She didn't disappoint.

With the best part of 40 minutes still on the clock, Malaga pushed hard to get back in the game and Padilla thought she had earned a penalty of her own just moments later when she was brought down by the keeper. The referee, however, didn't agree.

Malaga pushed and pushed and María Ruiz had an effort cleared off the line. But as the minutes passed, Pozoalbense became much more compact and ultimately too difficult for Malaga to break down.