Getafe: Moyà; Valera, Lopo, Alexis,
Mané; Xavi Torres, Juan Rodríguez; Pedro León (Diego
Castro 72'), Abdel Barrada (Lacen 80'), Lafita; Alvaro Vázquez (Paco
Alcácer 88'). 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Caballero; Jesús Gámez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Toulalan, Nacho Camacho (Santa Cruz 65'); Joaquín (Buonanotte 80'), Isco, Portillo (Seba Fernández 88'); Saviola. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 56. Lopo. Got above defence to head Pedro León corner in on near post.
Yellow cards: Camacho 31', Elseu 53', Demichelis 57', Toulalan 75', Diego Castro 79', 93', Lafita 84' / red cards: Diego Castro 93'.
Fourth placed Málaga kicked off the Saturday games with a 1-0 defeat at Getafe, a result which may well leave them outside of the Champions League spots by the end of the weekend. The locals had a couple of early penalty claims turned down by referee González González, but Moyà had to make two important saves from long shots by Toulalan and Isco before the break. Ten minutes in to the second half Lopo got ahead of his markers to head a Pedro León corner in on the near post, and soon afterwards Lafita came close to a second with a shot which curled just wide of the post. Pellegrini threw on all of his fire power though, and the locals were pushed back to defend. Santa Cruz lobbed a shot just over the top, and Moyà pushed a shot from Saviola on to the crossbar, and then did well to keep out Santa Cruz once again. However Getafe could have extended their lead near the end, Diego Castro failing to beat Caballero and Alcácer having a strike ruled out for offside. Castro's nerves got the better of him and he was sent off in injury time after picking up a second booking for protesting, but his side had clocked up a third win in a row which takes them up to sixth place, level on points with their opponents in the table.