Last-gasp Chavarría goal brings Malaga's winless run to an end

The Alcorcón players despair as Chavarría (middle) celebrates his stoppage time winner.
The Alcorcón players despair as Chavarría (middle) celebrates his stoppage time winner. / Agencia Lof
  • The Blue and Whites saw off Alcorcón away from home on Saturday night to record their first win since 1 December

Malaga recorded a win for the first time since 1 December as a late goal from Pablo Chavarría secured all three points away to Alcorcón on Saturday night.

In what was a match which had bore draw written all over it, neither team took the game by the scruff of the neck through an apparent fear of losing.

Alcorcón, whose home form is only marginally worse than Malaga's (fourth worst in the division), were happy to cede possession and look to strike on the counter-attack. Malaga coach Sergio Pellicer, however, was aware of that and opted to field three centre-backs (Ismael Casas in addition to Juande and David Lombán) to combat that threat.

The tactic seemed to work, albeit with the effect that both sides showed very little in attack. Marc Gual came closest for the hosts in the first half from a Ramón error, but couldn't get his effort on target.

The introduction of Yanis Rahmani in the second half gave Malaga more impetus and allowed wing-backs Cristo and Alexander to get into the game more and feed the ball to Chavarría who had a few efforts from outside the box.

Extraordinarily it wasn't until into stoppage time that the first chance on target came. In a rare counter-attack, Chavarría burst forward down the left before cutting in on his right foot to fire beneath Dani Jiménez to secure the long-awaited win for the Blue and Whites.