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Malaga keep up their hot run of form on the road

The Malaga players celebrate Ramón's late goal which ensured the win in Fuenlabrada with five minutes to go on Tuesday night.
The Malaga players celebrate Ramón's late goal which ensured the win in Fuenlabrada with five minutes to go on Tuesday night. / Agencia Lof
  • Winger Yanis Rahmani was the star of the show in Fuenlabrada, scoring the first and forcing the second

Malaga's fine form on the road continued on Tuesday night as they convincingly dispatched Fuenlabrada thanks to a stand-out performance from French winger Yanis Rahmani.

The 25-year-old had the first chance of the game after ten minutes, squeezing the ball past keeper Pol from a tight angle, but not past Juanma who cleared the ball off the line.

However, he wasn't to be denied and connected well with Joaquín Muñoz's cross to the back post with his head to give Malaga the lead after 36 minutes.

Malaga dominated the first half, with the hosts not able to get anywhere near the final third, forcing Fuenlabrada coach José Ramón Sandoval to make a triple change at half time.

That, however, didn't alter the rhythm of the game. They did generate one good chance as a result of a long ball over the top in behind Josua Mejías but Malaga keeper Juan Soriano got his foot in to put a block in on Aboubakary Kanté in the one-on-one.

With Mohamed Benkhemassa in the side in place of Ramón, there was a notable lack of creativity going forward from midfield and Malaga struggled to find the second goal to finish off the game. But when Rahmani's shot from the angle was blocked in the 85th minute, none other than substitute Ramón (who came on 15 minutes earlier) pounced on the rebound to seal the win.

Malaga have now won five of their nine games on the road this season (the second best in the division behind Almeria); their away form accounts for 16 of their 25 points so far.

"There's a positive energy in the group and we have to keep that going," said coach Sergio Pellicer after the game. "I've got a growing list of absentees for the next game so it's good that everyone feels involved and is pulling in the right direction."

The latest additions to the list of absentees for Saturday's game against Cartagena (8.30pm) are striker Pablo Chavarría and defender Juande who both picked up their fifth yellows of the season.