Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Víctor
Sánchez, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno,
Víctor Alvarez; Forlín, Cristian Gómez (Raúl Baena
81'); Wakaso, Verdú, Sergio García (Albín 71'); Longo
(Stuani 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Caballero; Jesús Gámez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Nacho Camacho, Iturra; Seba Fernández (Joaquín 60'), Isco (Portillo 78'), Duda; Santa Cruz. 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Wakaso 22', Seba Fernández 25', Iturra 31', Duda 49', Víctor Sánchez 33', Demichelis 66', Forlín 81', Nacho Camacho 82'.
Málaga hold on to third spot after a 0-0 draw at Espanyol's Cornellà stadium on Saturday evening. After the intense midweek battle with AC Milan, Pellegrini rested some of his more veteran players, with Joaquín and Saviola in particular starting on the bench. Even so they had the better chances if any in a fairly eventless first half, Duda testing Cristian Alvarez early on with a long shot, and Demichelis heading wide a couple of times. Forlín headed wide as well from a first half corner, and after the interval Wakaso missed the target and Caballero had no problems saving from Albín. Joaquín came on and caused a few problems down the wing, and Alvarez did well to turn an injury time Santa Cruz header away for a corner, but in the end a draw was a fair result.