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A valuable point to start the new year for Malaga Femenino

María Ruiz closes down her opponent.
María Ruiz closes down her opponent. / Francis Silva
  • The hosts' strong defensive organisation and a goal from María Ruiz was enough to secure a point in the Andalusian derby against Granada

Malaga's women's team got the year off to a good start with a point in Saturday's Andalusian derby against Granada in Cártama.

The Blue and Whites, bottom of their group in the second tier, hosted their high-flying rivals knowing that the final six games of the regular season would be crucial for their prospects looking forward.

Nati Gutiérrez's side started well and took a surprise lead in the 12th minute thanks to María Ruiz, who caught the Granada defence napping with a quick shot.

However, their lead didn't last long. Granada reacted well and proved dangerous on successive counter-attacks and this eventually yielded the equaliser, albeit in an unexpected fashion. Former Malaga player Postigo, spotted the keeper off her line and with a delicate chip, with hardly any power, restored parity.

The visitors pushed for a second before the break but it didn't arrive and it was a much more even game in the second half. Malaga showed good defensive organisation, led by captain Ruth who showed improved form after her return from injury.

Though Granada posed the greater attacking threat, Malaga held firm to secure a result which will give them great confidence in their fight to avoid the drop.