Malaga players celebrate the opening goal. / AGENCIA LOF

Malaga finally win away from home

The Blue and Whites dominated the game and progressed to the next round of the Copa del Rey

ANTONIO GÓNGORA

Malaga finally put their bad luck on the road behind them on Thursday evening as they picked up their first away win of the season, albeit in the Copa del Rey against Peña Sport, from the fourth division. The club have now progressed to the next round of the Copa del Rey.

The Blue and Whites unsurprisingly fielded a starting XI of non-regulars and academy players, with only Lombán, Escassi and Paulino keeping their place from the previous match.

Malaga's game plan was relatively easy and practical, and they played their cards to perfection. Peña Sport tried to take advantage of their set-pieces, but the Blue and Whites did well to keep a clean sheet.

In attack, the Costa del Sol side were dynamic and offered plenty of width while also maintaning a solid back line. Malaga remained calm as they gnawed at their hosts' defence, eventually being rewarded with the opening goal on the half hour mark thanks to a Paulino header.

From that moment, the floodgates were open and the Blue and Whites enjoyed a plethora of chances, doubling their lead just before half-time with a goal from the penalty spot.

The second half was much slower, with Peña Sport nearly pulling one back before Malaga regained control. Chances for both sides began to dry up, but not before the Blue and Whites scored the third and final goal of the night to claim their much-needed away win.

After this cup game, Malaga return to the league and will face 21st-placed Amorebieta on Sunday at 4pm in La Rosaleda, another must-win match that will serve to paper over the cracks caused by their dismal away form.