Málaga: Willy Caballero; Jesús Gámez,
Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal; Toulalan, Duda (Apoño 67');
Joaquín (Sergio Sánchez 92'), Isco (Van Nistelrooy 67'), Cazorla;
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Galán, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Forlín (Raúl Baena 81'), Romaric (Pandiani 76'); Weiss (Sergio García 54'), Verdú, Dátolo; Alvaro Vázquez. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 05. Rondón. Got on the end of Monreal cross to turn shot past Alvarez.
1-1. 45. Alvaro Vázquez. Glancing header past Caballero from Weiss free kick.
2-1. 73. Apoño (penalty). After referee ruled that Romaric had handled in the area.
Yellow cards: Weiss 13', Galán 41', Romaric 72', Cristian Alvarez 72'.
Málaga beat Espanyol 2-1 on Sunday evening to move above the Catalans to sixth place. It was not without controversy though, Apoño scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the second half after the referee ruled incorrectly that Romaric had handled in the area, even though the ball clearly struck him in the face. Rondón had given the Andalusians the lead in the fifth minute, turning in Monreal's cross near to goal, and Cristian Alvarez had to be at his best to keep out the striker a couple of times later in the first half. But on the stroke of half time Alvaro Vázquez got above his marker to head a wide Weiss free kick on past Caballero, and after the restart substitute Sergio García tested the local keeper with a long shot. In the end though a bad refereeing decision decided the match, and Málaga are back up to the European spots after a run of three defeats in a row.