Malaga's return to form was halted on Saturday by high-flying Granada who breezed to a 2-0 victory on the Malaga Football Federation's grounds. Malaga were outplayed from the get-go by the visitors who are currently second in Grupo Sur de Reto Iberdrola.
The Blue and Whites knew that this would be a particularly challenging fixture with Granada on a streak of six consecutive wins and a strong chance of promotion at the end of the season.
Malaga's usually strong offensive trio - Gabi, Ayano and Buceta - didn't cause Granada’s defence many problems. In fact, captain Adriana recorded Malaga’s only shot on target in the first half.
Granada controlled the game from the first whistle. Noelia Gil was kept busy in the home goal as the visitors recorded ten shots on target.
The first goal came early, in the 17th minute, from a thirty-metre shot from Alicia Redondo, hammered into the top corner.
Shortly after her wonder strike, Alicia thought she had another but her attempt was ruled out for offside.
The second goal came towards the end of the first half as Noelia Gil failed to deal with Urre’s shot from the left which squeezed in at the far post.
Malaga needed a radical change of fortune going into the second half and when Farfán's effort was seemingly blocked with a hand inside the area, despite a penalty not being awarded, this gave the hosts a boost.
However, besides shots from Farfán and Maria Ruíz, Malaga created few chances in the second half and had to rely heavily on Postigo to cut out several of Granada’s dangerous attacks.
The three points lift Granada to within a point of leaders CD Santa Teresa. Malaga, for their part, will aim to make good use of their two-week break before facing Villarreal away.