First Division - Day 25

Málaga 1 - Alavés 0

Málaga: Contreras; Josemi, Fernando Sanz, Litos, Roteta; Leko (Duda 73'), Romero; Edgar (Manu 86'), Zárate (Calandria 73'), Musampa; Dely Valdés. 4-2-3-1.
Alavés: Kike; Geli, Coloccini, Téllez (Vucko 86'), Llorens; Turiel, Pablo; Astudillo, Jordi Cruyff, Ibon Begoña (Magno 82'); Rubén Navarro. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Málaga: Litos, Romero, Dely Valdés for Valcarce, Gerardo, Canabal / Alavés: No change.

1-0. 89. Dely Valdés. Following up after Kike saved from Calandria and Manu.

An unchanged Alavés side lost 1-0 at Málaga thanks to a controversial last minute goal from Dely Valdés, who returned to the starting line up for this game after coming off the substitutes' bench to score midweek. The Alavés players claimed a foul for dangerous play by substitute Calandria when he won the ball in his own half, but referee Muñiz Fernández waved play on and the Argentine forward continued on a long run, combining with Manu to set up the Panamanian striker to drive home the winner. Up to that point the visitors were on top, and Téllez almost scored two minutes earlier when he just failed to convert a long free kick from Llorens.

The game up to that point had been rather dull, with Alavés keeper only having to make two interventions, saving at the second attempt from Zárate and then clearing in front of Dely Valdés in the first half, and Pablo shooting just wide for the Vitoria based side in between. With four draws and a defeat to their name in the last five games, the home fans started to whistle their own side before the goal gave them a bit of joy in the end, and they move six points away from the relegation zone up to thirteenth place. Alavés drop out of the top six with their second defeat in a row, but have a chance to get back if they beat Betis next weekend. After the game Málaga's Dutch midfielder Musampa denounced one of the Alavés players for racist insults, and the disciplinary committee could take action if the facts can be proved.