Málaga CF. Match report:
Málaga - Rayo Vallecano

Euphoria at La Rosaleda (4-0)

Málaga Club de Fútbol defeated Rayo Vallecano by an impressive 4-0 in today’s 9th BBVA League game of the season at La Rosaleda. In front of a capacity crowd, the Blue and Whites practically sealed their victory in the first half as they kept up a pacey rhythm of play. Javi Gracia’s team opened the scoring early on as a fantastic shot into goal from Samu in minute 5 put the home side up 1-0. Sergi Darder then increased the lead by 2-0 following a strong display on the left wing, and a subtle touch by Juanmi put Málaga CF 3-0 up just before half-time. An Amrabat penalty – after a foul committed on him by the rival – sealed the match with a 4-0 lead for the Blue and Whites. A minute’s silence was held before kick-off in memory of Juan Cortés. This match coincided with the II Children’s Day celebrations.

Euphoria at La Rosaleda (4-0)

Málaga Club de Fútbol coach, Javi Gracia barely altered the starting-11 from last weekend’s match in Córdoba.  The only change was Sergi Darder accompanying Camacho in midfield.  The Navarran-born manager kept the rest of the line-up the same.  Málaga CF kicked off with a solid attack.  Samu Castillejo came close to scoring mere seconds after kick-off, but Toño saved face for the visitors.
 
The Blue and Whites piled intense pressure on the rival as they attempted to gain possession.  Samuel took control of the ball in front of the target, and with the help of a defender, and a powerful shot into goal, put the home side 1-0 in the lead.
 
On the II Children’s Day, and in front of a full house at La Rosaleda, Málaga CF was determined to give the young fans a win today.  And they did that by playing great football.  Good combinative work between Amrabat and Antunes set up the perfect ball for Sergi Darder, who increased the lead by 2-0.  The crowd was ecstatic as Rayo seemed unable to halt the Blue and Whites’ rhythm of play.  Málaga were soon 3-0 in front as an energetic Juanmi assisted by Amrabat who outwitted the Rayo Vallecano defence, cruised the ball above Toño to go three goals in the lead at half-time.
 
The Blue and Whites maintained an intense attacking style of play in the second half, as a Camacho header looked set to be goal number four straight after the whistle.  A foul committed on Amrabat led to a penalty which he himself scored, to put Málaga 4-0 up.
 
With their victory sealed and the fans going wild in the terraces at La Rosaleda, Málaga controlled the remainder of play.  This win gives Málaga CF 15 points and a respectable place in the BBVA League table.  The Blue and Whites are in San Sebastián next Saturday (10 p.m.) to face Real Sociedad.

 
Match stats 
Line-ups:
Málaga CF: Kameni; Rosales, Sergio Sánchez, Weligton (C), Antunes; Samuel (R. Horta, 61'), Camacho, Sergi Darder (Recio, 58') Juanmi; Samu Castillejo and Amrabat (Santa Cruz, 77').
 
Rayo Vallecano: Toño; Tito, Amaya, Zé Castro, Insúa (Aquino, 29'); Licá, Trashorras (C) (Jozabed, 52'), Baena, Kakuta; Pozuelo (Manucho, 59') and Leo Baptistao.
 
Goals
1-0 (5'): Samuel.
2-0 (20'): Sergi Darder.
3-0 (44'): Juanmi.
4-0 (49'): Amrabat.
 
Referee
Álvarez Izquierdo (‘Colegio Catalán’).  Yellow cards were shown to local player: Rosales (13'); and from the visitors: Leo Baptistao (27'), Baena (38’), Tito (41') and Amaya (48').
 
Information
9th BBVA League match of the season held at La Rosaleda in front of 30,000 fans.  The match coincided with the II Children’s Day, and a minute’s silence was held following the death of journalist and ‘Malaguista’ historian, Juan Cortés.

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