First Division - Day 30

Alavés 0 - Málaga 1

Alavés: Dutruel; Geli, Karmona, Téllez, Llorens; Desio, Pablo; Edu Alonso (Magno 46'), Astudillo, Jordi Cruyff (Turiel 74'); Rubén Navarro (Iván Alonso 74'). 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Contreras; Josemi, Fernando Sanz, Roteta, Valcarce; Manu (Sandro 62'), Gerardo, Romero, Musampa (Iznata 84'); Darío Silva, Dely Valdés (Canabal 62'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Alavés: Pablo, Edu Alonso, Jordi Cruyff for Luis Helguera, Ibon Begoña, Iván Alonso / Málaga: No change.

0-1. 91. Darío Silva. Tap in from close up after Iznata won ball and crossed.

Málaga moved up to within a point of the UEFA cup spots after a last gasp 0-1 win at Alavés, their third such victory in a row. It was a smash and grab victory after the home side had done enough to win the game, but had failed to take their chances. Contreras fisted out an effort from Pablo early on and Rubén Navarro hit the post (although referee Carmona Méndez ruled out the play) in the first half, and local captain Karmona had a headed goal disallowed following a second half corner for a questionable foul.

Manu had also missed an early chance late in the first half though, shooting wide when free in front of goal, and Musampa had also failed to find the target after the break. Mané's side were left with ten men though when Desio picked up a second booking, and with the match appeared to be petering out to a scoreless draw, substitute Iznata won the ball on the right wing and crossed in for Darío Silva to score. The defeat was bitter blow for the Vitoria based side, who have now only picked up two points from their last eight games and who stay in the relegation spots as a result.