Malaga Femenino throw away two-goal lead to lose derby

María Ruiz, contesting an aerial duel.
María Ruiz, contesting an aerial duel. / ADG
  • Granada used set pieces to their advantage in the final twenty minutes to complete an amazing comeback against the Blue and Whites

Malaga's women's team returned disappointed from their trip to Granada as they threw away a two-goal lead with just twenty minutes left to go to lose Sunday's derby match, 3-2.

It all started so well for the visitors when Natalia Padilla took advantage of a misjudgment from keeper María Pi as she came flying out of her goal to give her side the lead after barely four minutes.

Besides Andrea Romero's save to deny Urre, Malaga were firmly on the front foot in the first half, maintaining possession for large spells but without anything more to show for it at the break.

This continued after the restart and Cristina Postigo could have doubled her side's lead but on this occasion, María Pi judged her interception to perfection.

Malaga's second eventually came with 20 minutes to go when Padilla sealed her brace when she rounded off a perfectly executed counter-attack.

However, just when it appeared that the game was over, in a blink of an eye the scores were level: Noe Salas and Yurena scored from corner kicks in quick succession to stun the visitors.

Granada fought back strong and Malaga were unable to contain them. Romero made a superb save to stop Lauri from close-range but this only delayed the agony.

Cristina scored Granada's third with three minutes to go, once again from a corner, to round off what turned out to be a miserable day for the travelling Blue and Whites.