First Division - Day 20

Málaga 4 - Recreativo Huelva 0

Málaga: Contreras; Rojas, Fernando Sanz, Roteta, Valcarce; Gerardo, Romero; Manu (Sandro 71'), Leko (Canabal 62'), Musampa; Dely Valdés (Miguel Angel 86'). 4-2-3-1.
Recreativo: Luque; Merino (Quique Romero 65'), Loren, Iker Begoña, Pernía; Camacho, Mario Bermejo (Xisco 55'); Javi García, Viqueira, Oscar Arpón; Raúl Molina (Benítez 75'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Málaga: Rojas, Gerardo, Leko for Josemi, Miguel Angel, Darío Silva / Recreativo: Pernía, Mario Bermejo for Espinola, Cubillo.

1-0. 49. Dely Valdés. Stooped to head Leko corner into bottom far corner of net.
2-0. 67. Romero. Beat keeper with near post header from Musampa's cross.
3-0. 70. Gerardo. First time volley from edge of area as Valcarce crossed in.
4-0. 79. Dely Valdés. Ran on to headed pass to lob ball over keeper.

Málaga moved back up to eighth spot after defeating Andalucian rivals Recreativo Huelva 4-0, their biggest win of the season. For the first 45 minutes it was a fairly even match, with Viqueira trying his luck for the visitors and Luque saving from Valcarce and Manu at the other end. But things changed drastically after the break, with the Recre players starting to tire after their efforts midweek when they knocked Atlético out of the cup. A lapse of concentration left Dely Valdés free to head Leko's corner down past the keeper only two minutes after the restart, and Romero caught the defence napping again with a near post header from Musampa's cross a few minutes later.

The best was yet to come though, and Gerardo added a third with a spectacular first time volley from the edge of the area only three minutes later. Then ten minutes from the end Dely Valdés completed the rout with his sixteenth goal of the season, running on to a headed pass from Canabal to lift the ball over the advancing Luque. Recreativo had no reply, and they ended the weekend five points adrift at the bottom. Still they at least have a cup semi-final to look forward to against Osasuna next week to take their minds off their troubles.