Málaga: Munúa; Manolo Gaspar,
Jesús Gámez, Stepanov (Albert Luque 46'), Mtiglia (Manu Torres
15'); Xavi Torres, Juanito; Valdo, Forestieri (Benachour 76'), Duda; Baha.
Atlético: Asenjo; Heitinga, Juanito, Ujfalusi, Antonio López; Maxi (Sinama-Pongolle 77'), Raúl García (Jurado 56'), Cléber Santana, Simao (Reyes 60'); Diego Forlán, Agüero. 4-4-2.
1-0. 34. Baha. Spectacular overhead kick wide of keeper from Duda's cross.
2-0. 61. Manu Torres. Following up after Asenjo pushed away previous shot.
3-0. 89. Xavi Torres. Header in on far post following Benachour corner.
Yellow cards: Heitinga 02', Agüero 25', Gámez 35', Ujfalusi 45', Juanito 52', Forestieri 53', Valdo 69'.
Málaga started the new season in second spot after a surprising 3-0 win over Atlético Madrid. The visitors had qualified for the Champions League proper midweek after beating Panathinaikos, and they could have gone ahead early on when Raúl García headed a corner over the top and Simao directed another header against the bar.
Abel's protests about a possible penalty ended with the coach being sent up to the stands by referee Muñiz Fernández, and a few minutes later Málaga were in the lead when Baha produced a spectacular overhead kick from nowhere. And to the embarrassment of Atlético, two players with the surname Torres finished them off, Manu driving home the second goal after the break and Xavi heading the third near the end. Substitute Reyes almost got one back late on with a free kick which Munúa turned round the post, but by then the game was over.