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First Division - Day 35

Málaga 1 - Elche 2

Málaga: Kameni; Rosales (Ricardo Horta 76‘), Sergio Sánchez, Weligton, Boka; Sergi Darder, Camacho; Samuel, Juanmi (Duda 67‘), Samu Castillejo (Javi Guerra 46’); Amrabat. 4-2-3-1.
Elche: Tyton; Damián Suárez, Enzo Roco, Lombán (Pellegrín 85‘), Cisma; Pasalic, Mosquera; Víctor Rodríguez (Manu Herrera 74’), Fayçal Fajr, Rodrigues (Aarón Ñíguez 66‘); Jonathas. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 29. Jonathas. Turned ball in on far post after Víctor Rodríguez crossed in.
0-2. 89. Pasalic. Picked up Jonathas pass and steered shot wide of Kameni.
1-2. 94. Javi Guerra. Turned shot back past Manu after Amrabat volley hit bar.

Yellow cards: Samuel 36’, Juanmi 38’, Damián Suárez 57’, Duda 73’ / red cards: Tyton 71’.

Málaga’s bad recent form continued into this weekend, and they drop down to eighth after a 1-2 defeat against Elche, who themselves assured another season in the top flight (subject to their financial situation). Juanmi had an early header disallowed for a borderline offside, but with half an hour gone Jonathas gave the visitors the lead after Fajr and Víctor Rodríguez combined to set him up on a quick breakaway. Tyton had to save from Juanmi and Amrabat either side of half time, and Samuel got the ball in the net with a high cross-come-shot which referee Undiano Mallenco ruled out for what he considered to be a foul by Amrabat on the keeper. Víctor Rodríguez and Pasalic wasted chances at the other end, and with twenty minutes to go Tyton was sent off for bringing down Javi Guerra as he advanced on goal. However Duda fired the resulting spot kick against the upright, and Pasalic made it two on another quick counter-attack with two minutes left of normal time. Javi Guerra got one back though in injury time after a spectacular Amrabat volley came back off the bar, and substitute keeper Manu Herrera had to make late saves from Duda and Guerra to ensure the three points.