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Malaga bring long winless run at home to an end in spectacular fashion

Joaquín Muñoz celebrates giving Malaga the lead with his teammates.
Joaquín Muñoz celebrates giving Malaga the lead with his teammates. / Salvador Salas
  • Victory over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday night was their first at La Rosaleda in four months

Malaga's terrible run without tasting victory at La Rosaleda was brought to an end in spectacular fashion on Sunday night as two early goals helped to see off Rayo Vallecano.

Four months after their last home win, against Sporting Gijón, Sergio Pellicer's side started strongly and took the lead within three minutes after some unconvincing goalkeeping from Luca Zidane from Jozabed's corner saw the ball fall to Joaquín Muñoz on the edge of the box. The winger's volley then took a massive deflection on its way into the back of the net.

The Blue and Whites continued on the front foot, aided by their high press, and a surging run from Luis Muñoz down the left would have resulted in the second had Zidane not made amends with a good save down to his left.

The central midfielder wasn't to be denied, though. In the 25th minute he timed his back-post run perfectly to volley home Ismael Casas' cross from the right, leaving the keeper with no chance.

Caye Quintana could have made it three in the second half but having rounded Zidane, both the angle and Luis Advíncula on the line conspired to keep the ball out.

José Ángel Pozo mustered Rayo's best chance from distance but Dani Barrio made a spectacular, if comfortable save to parry it away.

Pellicer, who effectively set up his side like the away team, was delighted with the result. "We were really convincing against an opponent that recently was able to come back from 2-0 down at Espanyol. I said it on previous occasions: the team's performance was not being matched by the results.

"The organisation, the commitment, the knowledge of how to handle the game all make me very proud of the team and the players. They were the ones who most wanted to win here again. They deserve it, they are doing an immense job in the face of many adverse circumstances."