First Division - Day 23

Valencia 1 - Málaga 1

Valencia: César; Maduro, Raúl Albiol, Marchena, Moretti (Carleto 15'); Albelda, Baraja (Manuel Fernandes 63'); Joaquín, David Silva, Vicente (Mata 69'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Goitia; Jesús Gámez, Weligton, Cuadrado, Calleja; Eliseu, Apoño, Lolo, Duda (Pablo De Barros 84'); Albert Luque (Nacho 75'), Baha (Salva 55'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valencia: Maduro, Joaquín, Vicente for Miguel, Angulo, Mata / Málaga: Cuadrado, Apoño, Duda for Helder Rosario, Miguel Angel, Nacho.

1-0. 53. David Villa. Picked up Silva pass and curled angled shot past Goitia.
1-1. 59. Albiol (own goal). Turned Eliseu cross past own keeper trying to clear.

Yellow cards: Luque 06', Albelda 35', Baraja 56', Albiol 75', Cuadrado 80', Eliseu 90'.

Málaga started the match at Valencia with a chance of going ahead of their opponents in the table, but in the end the two point gap remained as the match ended 1-1. The visitors were the better side in the first half though, Duda firing an early free kick against the post and César having to save from Baha and then from Eliseu.

David Villa chipped a shot on to the bar at the other end before the break though, and a few minutes in to the second half he opened the scoring, curling an angled shot past Goitia from left of the area.

Scores were levelled six minutes later however, Raúl Albiol turning Eliseu's cross in to his own net after the winger had brushed off a challenge from substitute Carleto down the right wing. And Salva almost gave the Andalusians the three points when he just failed to turn in a cross later on.

The result takes the locals up to third and the visitors up to sixth pending Sunday's games. Antonio Tapia's side will be happier with the point though than the Ches.