Málaga CF. Match report:
At. Madrid - Málaga

Defeat at the Calderon (3-1)

Málaga Club de Fútbol was defeated by Club Atlético de Madrid by 3-1 in today’s 12th BBVA League game of the season held at the Vicente Calderón stadium. Tiago opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a header into goal following a corner kick. Griezmann made it 2-0 just before half-time (minute 41) with assistance from Arda. In the second half Málaga CF was more incisive and got on the score board in the 62nd minute thanks to Santa Cruz. Although they maintained a strong determination to equalise until the end, it was Godin in minute 83 who made the most of the home side’s numerical advantage after Samuel was sent off, to seal a 3-1 victory.

Defeat at the Calderon (3-1)

Javi Gracia selected Roque Santa Cruz as striker for this match following Amrabat’s injury.  This was the main change to the line-up this week, which also saw the return of Sergio Sánchez and Antunes, both having recovered from injury.
The first half had the same common denominator.  Atlético de Madrid were well-positioned at the back to tackle the Málaga CF counter-attack.  The visitors dominated possession but lacked depth on the attack.  However, despite local apathy, Arda was the driving force for the Red and Whites at all times.
The first goal came as a result of one of Atlético’s most repeated actions.  A corner kick was headed into goal by Tiago in the 12th minute to put the home side 1-0 in the lead.  An impressive display by Arda led to the second goal of the match.  He initiated play and later sealed the deal following a great pass from Griezmann, allowing him to tap the ball into the back of the net.
The ‘Malaguistas’ had more momentum on the attack in the second half.  A Santa Cruz header to Juanmi could have culminated in a Blue and Whites’ goal, but the referee declared it offside.  The third goal of the game could have arisen from an Arda header, but Kameni put paid to his hopes.
Javi Gracia’s team continued their search for a goal as they made some changes in order to step up their attack.  Horta substituted Miguel Torres, and was involved in excellent play.  Samu García gained possession in midfield, then found space on the left wing, allowing Samu Castillejo to set up the perfect assist for Roque Santa Cruz to slam the ball into the net past the far post, to make it 2-1.
With Málaga CF concentrated around Moyá’s goal area, Mexican-born striker, Raúl Jiménez, who came on in place of Mandzukic, was within a whisker of getting a goal, but came up against a well-positioned Kameni who put a stop to his actions.
Juanmi had a near-miss equaliser after he found himself unmarked in front of Moyá, but Godín quickly dropped to the ground to avoid a draw.  The Uruguayan was the main player, as after saving his team from a rival equaliser, just 11 minutes later he scored the third ‘Colchonero’ goal of the match in the 83rd minute.
Atleti made the most of their advantage in numbers following Samuel García’s expulsion for two yellow cards, meaning he’ll miss out on next weekend’s match against Real Madrid.  Javi Gracia cannot count on Camacho either, who today was shown his fifth yellow card, and will be out of action next Saturday at La Rosaleda for the 13th BBVA League match of the season, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Match stats
Team line-ups:
At. Madrid: Moyá; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Ansaldi; Arda (Raúl García, 86’), Tiago, Gabi (C), Griezmann (Saúl, 82’); Koke and Mandzukic (Raúl Jiménez, 56').

Málaga CF: Kameni; Miguel Torres (Ricardo Horta, 61'), Sergio Sánchez, Weligton (C), Antunes; Samuel, Camacho, Sergi Darder (Recio, 74’), Samu Castillejo; Juanmi (Luis Alberto, 86’) and Santa Cruz.

1-0 (12'): Tiago.
2-0 (41'): Griezmann.
2-1 (62'): Santa Cruz.
3-1 (83'): Godín

Teixeira Vitienes, Fernando (Cantabrian Referee School).  Yellow cards were shown to local player: Griezmann (47'); and from the visitors: Camacho (48'), Miguel Torres (57') and Sergio Sánchez (70').  Málaga CF’s Samuel (46' and 72') and Atlético de Madrid’s Gabi (52’ and 87’) were sent off with double yellow cards.

12th First Division BBVA League game of the season held at the Vicente Calderón stadium.


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