Málaga: Caballero; Jesús
Gámez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Toulalan (Buonanotte 90'), Nacho
Camacho; Joaquín (Santa Cruz 78'), Isco, Portillo; Saviola (Seba
Fernández 85'). 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Cissokho; Gago, Tino Costa (Dani Parejo 79'); Feghouli, Banega (Jonas 55'), Guardado (Piatti 68'); Nelson Valdez. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 08. Portillo. Controlled Eliseu centre and guided shot past Diego Alves.
2-0. 74. Saviola. Picked up short Portillo pass and fired low shot past keeper.
3-0. 81. Santa Cruz. Turned shot past keeper after Gámez pass fell to him.
4-0. 92. Isco. Collected Buonanotte pass on edge of area and shot past Alves.
Yellow cards: Guardado 09', Banega 28', Gago 40', Joaquín 58', Feghouli 61', Weligton 62', Tino Costa 71', Rami 73', 84' / red cards: Rami 84'.
Málaga move back up to fourth in the table after the Andalusians thrashed Valencia 4-0 on Saturday evening. Pellegrini's side started the day just a point ahead of that of his almost-namesake Pellegrino, but within eight minutes they took the lead when Portillo had time to stop Eliseu's pass before poking a shot past Diego Alves. Saviola and Joaquín just failed to hit the target later on in the first half, and both brought good saves out of Alves either side of half time. At the other end Willy Caballero, currently La Liga's leading keeper, hardly had a save to make, and after several other chances for the locals, Saviola finally scored a second with a shot which took a slight deflection off Ricardo Costa. With ten minutes to go substitute Santa Cruz took over the mantle with a third goal after Jesús Gámez set him up, and Isco rounded off the scoring with a fourth goal in injury time.