Malaga CF recorded their second draw in a row./salvador salas

Malaga CF recorded their second draw in a row. / salvador salas

Malaga chalk up their second draw in a row against Zaragoza (1-1)

The Blue and Whites were unable to secure the win at La Rosaleda on Saturday night

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Malaga drew 1-1 against Zaragoza at La Rosaleda on Saturday night, although they deserved to win as they showed more ambition than their disappointing rivals.

Throughout the match, there was a lack of continuity which couldn’t be fixed by the changes after the break.

Although coach José Alberto kept the 4-4-2 formation, he didn't keep the Escassi-Genaro pairing in the centre, leaving Escassi on the bench to allow Ramón to play.

The Malaga coach repeated the tactics used in the match against Fuenlabrada; Brandon and Kevin in the wing next to Roberto and Jozabed.

Malaga chose to pile on the pressure on the field with up to five men (the structure was transformed into a 4-1-4-1) while Zaragoza opted for a similar plan, although with Zapater and Vada on the inside trying to neutralise the pass lines to Ramón and Genaro.

Malaga pushed to increase their opportunities, but only had one chance in an excellent centre shot from Javi Jiménez that Genaro spliced.

In minute 28, Víctor Gómez received an opening from Kevin in the far right and crossed to the near post, where Brandon finished it off to the surprise of his marker and the goalkeeper to secure the first goal of the match.

1 Malaga

1 Zaragoza

    In minute 44, indecision between Genaro and Javi Jiménez ended in an inside pass for Narváez, who surprised goalkeeper Dani Martin with a shot at the near post and equalised.

    Malaga generally had rhythm in the match but lacked continuity.

    Jozabed no longer came into play so much, Kevin faded away, Roberto looked very lonely upfield and Brandon committed too many errors with the ball.

    Sekou (who is still excessively slow) and Jairo entered the scene, and later Antoñín (to replace Jozabed in the centre), but they were unable to win the match.

    Zaragoza, who are languishing near the bottom of the table following a series of poor performances, welcomed this draw which came from Malaga's lack of cohesion and continuity.

    Malaga will face Sociedad Deportiva Huesca next on Tuesday 19 October.