First Division - Day 19

Málaga 1 - Sevilla 0

Málaga: Arnau; Gerardo, Fernando Sanz, César Navas, Valcarce; Juanito, Leko (Usero 88'); Edgar, Juan Rodríguez, Duda (Geijo 90'); Amoroso (Wanchope 57'). 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Esteban; Sergio Ramos, Javi Navarro, Aitor Ocio (Carlitos 76'), David; Martí (Jordi 55'), Renato; Daniel Alves (Fernando Sales 71'), Baptista, Antonio López; Makukula. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Málaga: Arnau, Gerardo, Fernando Sanz, Leko, Edgar for Calatayud, Alexis, Usero, Miguel Angel, Geijo / Sevilla: Antonio López, Jesuli, Makukula for Carlitos.

1-0. 67. Wanchope. With help from Aitor Ocio after ball came back off post.

Málaga's new manager Antonio Tapia got off to the best possible start, his side beating neighbours Sevilla 1-0 on Saturday evening to record only their second win in thirteen games. Amoroso and Edgar both went close as the hosts pushed forward in the first half, the former shooting just wide and then rushing another shot when in space, and the latter missing the target with a header from Valcarce's cross just before the break. Sevilla had only managed one shot at goal in the first 45 minutes, Alves firing an effort over the bar, although Makukula was unlucky not to be given a penalty when pushed over by Fernando Sanz near the interval.

The locals kept up the pressure after the restart, and Esteban had to save from Juan Rodríguez almost immediately. Tapia changed his striker around the hour mark, Wanchope coming on for Amoroso, and the ex Manchester City forward got the only goal ten minutes later, albeit under unusual circumstances, forcing the ball into the net from close up with help from Aitor Ocio after Esteban had failed to clear and a rebound had come back off the post. Gerardo could have got a second when Esteban tipped his long shot over the bar, but his side had done enough, and they moved to just a point away from getting out of the relegation spots.