Camacho celebrates netting the equaliser.
Camacho celebrates netting the equaliser. / EFE

Malaga's winless away run continues

  • Camacho equalised for the Blue and Whites three minutes after Goran Causic had given the bottom side the lead

Malaga's winless run on the road this season continued following a 1-1 draw against relegation candidates Osasuna at El Sadar stadium on Friday night. It was a substandard performance from both sides until Goran Causic gave Osasuna the lead in the second half, before captain Ignacio Camacho rescued a point for the visitors.

Marcelo Romero's side were the better team in the first half, but they spurned some glorious opportunities to take the lead, the best of which came in the 18th minute when Michael Santos saw his penalty saved by Osasuna goalkeeper Mario Fernández, after the latter had brought down the former in the penalty area.

Despite his failure from the spot, the 23-year-old Uruguayan was at the heart of every attacking move for Malaga. His through ball ten minutes in set up Chory Castro, but his fellow Uruguayan only managed to slash the ball into the side netting from a tight angle. Twenty minutes later, Santos was involved again, this time seeing his own effort saved by Mario after shrugging off the challenge of David García.

The flanks proved to be the area of the pitch where Malaga were finding most of their joy, and where two other excellent opportunities came from.

Juanpi was unable to head right-back Roberto Rosales' cross goalwards on the stretch fifteen minutes in, before Luis Hernández, who was making his debut for the Blue and Whites after signing from Leicester City in January, could only direct Chory's low cross straight at the goalkeeper on the half-hour mark.

Osasuna rarely threatened in the first period, with Unai García's wild effort from a corner the closest they came to testing Carlos Kameni.

Although the hosts were much improved in the second half, the 32-year-old Cameroonian was still very much a spectator as he saw efforts from Álex Berenguer and Sergio León pass harmlessly wide.

Despite Osasuna's rather feeble efforts going forward, Hernández and Martín Demichelis, who returned to the club after his contract with Espanyol was terminated, seemed to be suring up the defence. However, their resilience was broken when Miguel de las Cuevas' cross reached substitute Kenan Kodro, whose cut-back was cooly converted by Causic with just under fifteen minutes remaining.

The goal had put the hosts on course to end a winless streak of their own at home, but three minutes later Malaga were level. Luis Hernández's attributes include the ability to deliver long throw-ins, and it paid dividends when Camacho scored his fourth goal of the season by heading into an empty net from such a set-piece, leaving Fernández completely stranded after he misjudged the flight of the ball.

A lack of technical quality had prevailed throughout the whole game, but both teams began to look extremely nervous as they entered the final ten minutes of the match.

Such nerves may have cost Osasuna a result, but substitute Javi Ontiveros could only poke wide of the goal after hesitation in the home side's defence.

The result temporarily moved Malaga up one place to 13th in the table, before Real Betis' controversial 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Benito Villamarín saw Romero's men fall back down into 14th.