Errors cost Malaga dear as they twice surrender lead to Mirandés

Cifu celebrates with Armando Sadiku after the Albanian restored Malaga's lead.
Cifu celebrates with Armando Sadiku after the Albanian restored Malaga's lead. / Ñito Salas
  • Sergio Pellicer continues his unbeaten run as caretaker coach but his side was let down by mistakes from Munir and Juankar

It was certainly a case of two points dropped as Malaga twice took the lead against Mirandés but were pegged back as a result of unforced errors during their 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon.

Captain Adrián, who made his return to the team after a long injury lay-off, gave his side the lead in the 34th minute from the penalty spot, stepping up and sending keeper Limones the wrong way.

However, just ten minutes into the second half, that lead was eradicated when goalkeeper Munir dithered and was caught in possession by Marcos De Sousa whose block saw the ball fly straight into the back of the net.

The players immediately rallied behind their normally reliable shotstopper and it didn't take long for Malaga to regain their lead. Hicham's inch-perfect cross to the near post from the right was tucked in by a neat finish from top scorer Armando Sadiku. The Albanian beat his man before hooking the ball over his shoulder into the far corner of the net.

Despite their lead, Malaga looked nervy and that resulted in a rash tackle by Juankar as his opponent was turning away from goal. Despite minimal contact, the VAR confirmed the penalty and Martín Merquelanz sent the ball into the side netting despite Munir guessing correctly and getting his fingertips to the ball.

The result means the Blue and Whites have now gone nine league games unbeaten, albeit with seven draws, and caretaker boss Sergio Pellicer's strong start continues.