Malaga CF’s defeat away at Almeria onSaturday was another sign of the Blue and Whites’ main flaw in these first games of the season: a lack of precision when it comes to scoring opportunities.
And their rivals Almeria had plenty of what Malaga lacked, especially thanks to the best player in Spain’s second division this season: their centre-forward Saqid.
This advantage was enough to decide the outcome of the Andalusian derby which the home side won comfortably with two goals in the second half. A powerful Almeria left their visitors trembling as they allowed for no hesitation, especially when the hosts had been left with ten men as Iván Martos was sent off soon after the start of the second half.
The first half was the better of the two for Malaga, mainly thanks 20-year-old Kevin, who impressed on the wing in this game, as he had done in the club’s three earlier fixtures this season. Coach José Alberto chose to take him off after the first half, however, so as not to risk a second yellow card and the expulsion of this player who has caused a sensation among fans since he was brought up from the junior ranks.
Saturday’s defeat in Almeria has left the Blue and Whites in the bottom half of the league table, with the hopes that a lift in home support will give them the boost they need.
An increase in the maximum permitted capacity at La Rosaleda stadium to 60 per cent has prompted the club to put season tickets on sale from this Monday 13 September.
The aim is to raise the crowd to 12,000, around twice the figures of the more than 6,500 recorded in the previous two home matches against Mirandés and Alcorcón.
The season ticket sales will not come in time for this Sunday’s home game against Girona (kick-off 9.30pm), however.
To compensate, tickets for the game will be available with a 50 per cent discount.