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First Division - Day 11

Málaga 1 - Real Sociedad 2

Málaga: Caballero; Jesús Gámez (Iturra 46'), Onyewu, Weligton, Sergio Sánchez; Toulalan; Joaquín (Seba Fernández 72'), Portillo (Santa Cruz 61'), Isco, Eliseu; Saviola. 4-1-4-1.
Real: Zubikarai; Carlos Martínez, Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, De la Bella; Rubén Pardo (Estrada 92'), Illarramendi; Xabi Prieto, Carlos Vela, Chory Castro (José Angel 68'); Ifrán (Agirretxe 79'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 01. Carlos Vela. Got on the end of Ifrán cross to turn shot past Caballero.
1-1. 37. Saviola. Controlled Joaquín cornewr and fired shot past Zubikarai.
1-2. 59. Xabi Prieto. Made space to score after Onyewu deflected Ifrán pass.

Yellow cards: Iñigo Martínez 24', Jesús Gámez 32', Carlos Vela 39', Toulalan 50', Weligton 67, Iturra 71'.

Málaga missed out on a chance to move back above Betis to fourth spot after they were beaten 1-2 by Real Sociedad in the last game on Saturday evening. After Granada's win on Friday, the Basque side started the day in the relegation zone, but with less than a minute on the clock they took the lead after Chori Castro won the ball in midfield, Ifrán crossing in for Carlos Vela to beat Willy Caballero. With ten minutes to go to the break however Eliseu's powerful shot was deflected over the bar, and from the resulting Joaquín corner Saviola battled through to equalise. Both keepers were tested after that, but with an hour on the clock Ifrán's attempted pass was cut out by Onyewu only as far as Xabi Prieto, who coolly found himself space to beat Caballero for a second time. Shortly afterwards Zubikarai did well to keep out Isco, and Sergio Sánchez fired another chance over the bar, but Real could have increased their lead near the end when a long shot from José Angel hit the bar. A set-back for the locals after their Champions League successes, but a great result for Montanier, who really needed this win to take off some of the pressure.