Malaga looking over their shoulders after latest home defeat

Espanyol were quick to get men back after taking the early lead.
Espanyol were quick to get men back after taking the early lead. / Ñito Salas
  • The Blue and Whites could be just two places off the drop zone by the end of the weekend after losing against a stubborn Espanyol side

It's now eight games without a win for Malaga after a fortunate Espanyol side escaped with all three points at La Rosaleda on Saturday afternoon.

In the weekend's early kickoff, Malaga started the brightest. Unfortunately for them, Michael Santos hadn't brought his shooting boots with him and squandered three good chances in the opening exchanges.

By contrast, Espanyol's Pablo Piatti only needed one. With just 16 minutes on the clock, he was given the freedom of the park so tried his luck from thirty metres and the ball nestled into the side netting to give his side an unexpected lead. The bounce wasn't kind to Carlos Kameni who will wish he could have done better from that range.

With the visitors in the ascendency, the game turned a lot more scrappy, with Malaga struggling to refind the rhythm with which they started the game, committing needless fouls.

The best chance before the break fell to Martín Demichelis who volleyed over the bar after a melee in the penalty area.

The second half continued with Malaga on the front foot but Marcelo Romero's side only succeeded in increasing the corner count, failing to register any meaningful efforts on goal.

It wasn't until the introduction of Charles in the 60th minute that Malaga started to threaten Diego López between the sticks. The veteran keeper pulled off a world-class save to deny the Brazilian forward, returning from injury, who attempted a speculative overhead kick from just inside the area.

He had to be on hand again to tip over Juanpi's dinked cross which threatened to dip under the crossbar.

But while Malaga sent men forward, Espanyol's defence and keeper shut out the space and were clearly intent on winding the clock down.

There was a final chance in stoppage time as Charles latched onto a long ball into the area, but he could only flick the ball at López's thigh.

Malaga finish the game in 14th place, but with several fixtures still to play, the Blue and Whites could finish the matchday just two places above the drop zone.