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Another defeat extends Malaga's winless home run to eight games

Rahmani's effort is denied by a low, reaction save by José Antonio Caro.
Rahmani's effort is denied by a low, reaction save by José Antonio Caro. / Salvador Salas
  • The Blue and Whites were unable to peg Ponferradina back after an early goal, and conceded again when pushing for an equaliser

Malaga remain without a league win at home since 22 October after slumping to a 2-0 loss to Ponferradina on Saturday night.

After a cagey first quarter of an hour, Ponferradina took the lead after two former Malaga players combined: Érik Morán’s cross-field ball was expertly volleyed home from outside the box by Óscar Sielva. There was little Dani Barrio could do as the ball was flashed into the bottom right-hand corner.

The goal cajoled Malaga into action, but the intensity of Ponferradina’s pressing game meant they struggled to find a final ball to pick the lock. The Blue and Whites’ best opportunity of the half fell to Yanis Rahmani, who was unable to hit the target after Joaquín Muñoz got in behind the visitors' defence and put in a teasing ball from the left with which Rahmani perhaps should have done better.

Ahead of the second half, boss Sergio Pellicer brought on Caye Quintana and Cristo Romero to replace the ineffectual Alexander González and Ramón. The new man Quintana was soon through on goal, but the danger was snuffed out by a combination of opposition defenders and goalkeeper. For most of the second half, neither side was truly able to find their rhythm, although Ponferradina seemed content to sit back and count down down the minutes.

With ten minutes of normal time remaining, the ball fell once more in the box to Rahmani, but his close-range effort was met with a smart reflex save from the feet of goalkeeper José Antonio Caro. This was the closest Malaga came to an equaliser in the second half, and their pursuit of a goal was starting to result in waning concentration at the back. A warning came as the recently introduced Yuri da Souza struck the post in the 84th minute.

Four minutes later, the danger was realised as the ball fell kindly to Gaspar Panadero, who duly lashed it into the bottom right corner and sealed a first ever win at La Rosaleda for Ponferradina.

Things could have gotten worse for Malaga in stoppage time, as Yuri forced three saves out of Barrio in under a minute.

The result means Malaga stretch their winless run at home to eight games and still lie mid-table in the standings.