Malaga's poor recent form continued after they somehow fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Mirandés on Monday evening despite seemingly being in control for most of the match. A goal from defender Daniel Vivian - the only chance created in the game by Mirandés - left Malaga to reflect on an almost incomprehensible loss.
The visitors certainly started the stronger and had the first real opportunity of the game when Luis Muñoz saw his shot blocked by the Mirandés defence and deflected onto the post. The rebound then fell to Yanis Rahmani, who could not hit the target. Later, Rahmani played in a decent cross on the left-hand side which found Pablo Chavarría at the far post. The Argentinian forward headed downwards, provoking a reflex save out of Raúl Lizoain; another good defensive block from the home side’s defence prevented Jozabed from converting the rebound.
Accordingly, Malaga went into the break without having made their good attacking play count. Into the second half, Mirandés began to grow into the game, but still could not trouble Dani Barrio’s goal. Indeed, it was still Malaga who seemed more likely to break the deadlock, particularly when a cross found Joaquín Muñoz on the edge of the penalty box. Although he did well to cut inside and get his shot away, his effort went straight down the goalkeeper’s throat. The increasingly familiar feeling that it was not to be Malaga’s night was heightened after Chavarría and then Luis Muñoz were forced off due to injuries.
In the 75th minute, the breakthrough finally came, but it came for Mirandés with their first effort on goal. An indirect freekick found centre-back Daniel Vivian, whose sliced shot found the bottom right corner of the goal. His celebrations were initially curtailed as the referee judged him to have been offside. However, the decision was overturned by VAR and Mirandés took an advantage that was completely against the run of play.
The timing of the goal gave a shell-shocked Malaga little time to respond and Mirandés managed to hold on for what had seemed an unlikely victory for much of the match.
In his post-match comments, boss Sergio Pellicer summed up the feeling in the Malaga camp, saying: “I feel really annoyed because our performance was good. Football can be unfair sometimes, and we’ve experienced that as a team today”. He went on to add: “I think this was our most complete performance of the season, both in terms of defence and attack”.
Pellicer also lamented the injury suffered by Pablo Chavarría. A club statement revealed that the striker will undergo surgery after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and that he will miss the rest of the season as a result.
Next up for Malaga is the visit of relegation-threatened Sabadell to La Rosaleda on Sunday afternoon.