La Liga — 14 April 2013

1-0: Malaga´s turn to smile in the added time

Málaga revived what happened to them last Tuesday in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, but this time they were the beneficiaries, deteating Osasuna in the added time, a goal by the Brazilian striker Julio Baptista.

Malaga´s coach, Manuel Pellegrini, aligned his team with two changes, the Portuguese Eliseu Pereira, who replaced his compatriot Vitorino Antunes on the left side, and the forced change of the French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, injured and replaced by Chilean Manuel Iturra.

Málaga, cheered by their concurrence, which sold out “La Rosaleda”, with the crowd yelling out ‘champions, champions’, came out very focused and Julio Baptista within two minutes made a shot deflected by the goal keeper.

Osasuna team was surprised by Malaga’s strength, so began to pick up the pace of the match with some arrivals to the opposite area, cooling the local domain. Malaga insisted with Baptista, who beat the defense with speed.

Joaquin shot from outside the box, grazed the right post of the goal. Malaga had made a tremendous effort by thirty minutes and no longer the ball.

The first half ended up 0-0 with five clear chances for Malaga and for Osasuna.

Osasuna resigned to attack in the opening minutes of the second part. The Malaga made their best to get the goal, but couldn’t score due to Osasuna´s iron defense.

Weligton, had the clearest chance of the second half but his header went over the bar. The party was meant to finish in a draw, playing added time, in a free kick by Duda, Baptista took the ball with a low shot to score the goal for the “malaguista” victory.


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