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Malaga react too late and crash out of the Copa del Rey

  • Caye Quintana reduced the arrears in the second half but it's Granada who progress to the next round

Fede Vico's freekick gave Granada the lead.
Fede Vico's freekick gave Granada the lead. / Ñito Salas

Malaga's Copa del Rey adventure was brought to an end on Sunday afternoon as Granada ran out 2-1 winners at La Rosaleda to progress to the last 16.

The La Liga side didn't exert themselves in the first half but nonetheless had a two-goal lead by the break. Fede Vico's low, deflected free-kick gave them the lead in the 16th minute, before slack Malaga marking allowed Jorge Molina to grab his side's second just 12 minutes later.

Malaga coach Sergio Pellicer rang the changes in the second half and his side responded well, with Yanis Rahmani nearly catching out former Malaga keeper Aarón at his near post.

The pressure intensified and eventually in the 76th minute Caye Quintana reduced the deficit. The forward's flicked header from Cristian's freekick was pushed by Aarón onto the inside of the post before the ball trickled back across the face of goal where Caye was on hand to tap home for good measure.

Substitute Joaquín then came close with a mazy run down the right side but his effort was deflected into the side netting.

A barrage of set pieces followed but few ultimately came close to troubling the Granada goal, with Cristian struggling to get past the first man on several occasions.