Genaro celebrates the equaliser. / AGENCIA LOF

Malaga hit another dead end and fail to stop an in-form Borja Bastón

The team picked up another away defeat but did enough to deserve more from the game that ended Oviedo 2 Malaga 1

ANTONIO GÓNGORA

Malaga had all three points and a first away win of the season within reach.

Antoñín’s shot in the dying minutes of the game struck the post and came agonisingly close to crossing the line. But shortly after it was ex-Malaga player Borja Bastón who snatched the win for his side as the Andalusian defence failed to pick him up in the box, gifting him a free header and completing his brace.

Malaga’s game plan coming into this match was no different than usual when on the road: a two-man defensive midfield with a constant pressure so as to take the opposition by surprise on the counter attack. Surprisingly, Pablo Chavarría made a return to the starting XI after eight months on the sideline,

Oviedo did well to hold their own against Malaga, essentially handcuffing their visitors following Borja Bastón opener in the 20th minute. The Blanquiazules struggled to create chances in the first half, which meant it was cruise control for the hosts, who sat back and soaked up the pressure.

Malaga began controlling possession more and more, but not doing much with it.

At the break, José Alberto López looked to his players for a reaction in the latter half, which he got. But this opened up the game for both sides, and anyone could have taken the win, more so with an inspired Bastón against his old club.

The visitors improved in the second half and started connecting with the attackers more frequently, but their 75th minute equaliser was not enough in the end.

And so, after coming tantalisingly close to picking up another point on the road, José Alberto López’s men returned empty handed. Despite doing enough to deserve at least a draw from the match- after a woeful first half where the team created anything but danger for their hosts- Malaga now have the worst away record in the league, picking up just three points from three draws as well as four defeats.

This lack of form makes it difficult for the team to mount a serious challenge for promotion, as the loss of crucial points sinks them down the middle of the table.