Málaga: Willy Caballero; Jesús
Gámez, Lugano, Weligton, Antunes; Camacho, Toulalan (Saviola 67');
Piazon (Joaquín 60'), Isco, Seba Fernández (Duda 60'); Santa
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Mattioni, Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila; Forlín (Raúl Rodríguez 75'), Víctor Sánchez; Stuani, Verdú (Raúl Baena 75'), Wakaso (Víctor Alvarez 86'); Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 49. Colotto. Poked shot wide of Caballero after keeper dropped Verdú corner.
0-2. 66. Sergio García. Acrobatic shot past keeper on near post from Wakaso cross.
Yellow cards: Wakaso 42', Forlín 54', Verdú 59', Duda 74', Camacho 85'.
Málaga drop out of the top four after they were beaten 0-2 by Espanyol in this Sunday's mid-day match. After Wednesday night's Champions League victory against Porto, Pellegrini rested several of his key players, and they almost paid the price when Caballero had to push a long shot from Verdú over the bar early on. Santa Cruz could have scored for the locals later in the first half, Casilla keeping out his header following a corner and a defender clearing his follow up off the line, but four minutes in to the second half Colotto gave the visitors the lead, poking a shot in to the net after Caballero dropped Verdú's corner at his feet. A quarter of an hour later Sergio García made it two with an acrobatic shot from Wakaso's cross, and Javier Aguirre's side held on after that for a first win in four games.