Malaga Femenino hold on for valuable away point

The Malaga players and staff celebrate Adriana's goal.
The Malaga players and staff celebrate Adriana's goal. / ADG
  • Though Adriana gave the visitors the lead, the Blue and Whites had to weather a storm as Pozoalbense struck back with the support of their home fans

Malaga's women's team didn't have an easy ride during Saturday's trip to Pozoblanco. Despite taking a first-half lead against Pozoalbense, José Herrera's team returned to the Costa del Sol with a point, having finished the game with just ten players.

Things started well for the visitors who contained Pozoalbense well and were able to land a few punches on the counter-attack.

Despite the loss of Carol to injury after 11 minutes, Malaga were able to dictate play through captain Adriana.

It was in fact the veteran who broke the deadlock five minutes before half time with a precise free-kick from distance about which keeper Oihana could do nothing.

Malaga went all out to increase their lead in the second half, but again couldn't make their dominance count, with Edna and Clo both spurning opportunities.

With 20 minutes on the clock, the home fans rallied and their team responded. First, Malaga were let off the hook by the referee who adjudged Encarni's foul on Karla to have taken place outside the area. But they weren't so lucky when Sousa headed home Natalia Montilla's cross in the 78th minute.

With three minutes still to play, Malaga went down to ten after Olmedo received her marching orders, but Pozoalbense couldn't capitalise and Natalia wasted a golden opportunity presented to her by keeper Noelia Gil.