Femenino side devoid of ideas falls to second defeat on the bounce

Farfán was taken off at half time.
Farfán was taken off at half time. / S. S.
  • Malaga's women's side put in their worst performance of the season so far against their notoriously tough opponents from Ciudad Real

It was a day to forget for Malaga Femenino in Cártama on Sunday as they fell to their second consecutive league defeat, this time by a single goal (0-1) against La Solana.

That goal came for the side from Ciudad Real as the midway point in the first half approached. Paula punished a needless foul on the edge of the area by converting her free-kick in the 21st minute.

Malaga weren't allowed to settle into any sort of rhythm by their notoriously dogged opponents. Nati Gutiérrez's side kept losing the ball in the middle of the field and lacked conviction at both ends of the field.

The visitors' press, paired with Malaga's inability to string passes together meant that Claudia Jiménez cut a lone figure up front, rarely receiving the ball - and when she did she didn't know what to do with it.

Malaga had to improve in the second half and Gutiérrez tried to give her side a greater cutting edge in attack by bringing on Padilla for Farfán and Estefanía for Naiara.

The players showed greater intelligence after the break and were more controlled in possession. This at least gave the side hope of finding an equaliser, but in truth it never came close to materialising.

The result, the first in which Malaga have failed to get themselves on the scoreboard, means it's two defeats from three for coach Gutiérrez.