Málaga CF. Match report:
Espanyol - Málaga

Hard-fought draw at the Power8 Stadium (2-2)

Málaga Club de Fútbol drew 2-2 with Real Club Deportivo Espanyol in tonight’s 4th BBVA League game of the season at the Power8 Stadium. The locals opened the scoring after 15 minutes thanks to Caicedo, following a great display from Sergio Gárcia. Camacho equalised in the second half (minute 52) with a header into goal after a Luis Alberto corner. Stuani, with a header, put the home team back in front three minutes before the final whistle, however a Duda free kick in stoppage time led to the end 2-2 result.

Hard-fought draw at the Power8 Stadium (2-2)

Javi Gracia’s team for tonight’s match at the Power8 Stadium wasn’t very different from last week’s starting-11.  The only change was the return of Sergi Darder in midfield, in place of Recio.
The start of the match was hopeful for the Blue and Whites, as they took the initiative.  However it was RCD Espanyol who generated the first goal opportunity.  Víctor Sánchez put Kameni through his paces after six minutes, however the ‘Malaguista’ keeper prevented an early local goal.  It looked as if the visitors were going through an unsteady phase during place, which the ‘periquito’ side took full advantage of.  Sergio Gárcia slalomed his way to the goal area, and following a highly impressive pass, an unmarked Caicedo changed the score to 1-0.
Málaga CF then began to take control of play, however they didn’t manage to crack the rival defence to access Kiko Casilla’s goal area for the first 45 minutes of the match.
Javi Gracia made some changes after half-time, bringing on Amrabat in place of Santa Cruz.  The Moroccan international occupied the left wing, with Juanmi as centre forward.  This formation began to make a difference to the match in the second half.  The ‘Malaguistas’ continued to dominate possession and circle the goal area.  A header into goal from Camacho following a Luis Alberto corner, put the visitors on an equal footing after 52 minutes.
Kameni and the Blue and Whites’ defence made sure RCD Espanyol didn’t score a second goal, as they focused on a possessive style of football in the hope of taking the lead.
However, following a free kick Lucas Vázquez passed to Stuani who put the locals back out in front.  But Weligton, with his back to the goal, gained possession inside the area to assist Duda in scoring the equaliser from the left wing.  The match ended at the Power8 Stadium with both teams sharing the points.
Málaga CF is hosting FC Barcelona at La Rosaleda on Wednesday, for the 5th BBVA League game of the season.

Match stats
Team line-ups:
RCD Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Álvaro, Víctor Álvarez; Lucas Vázquez, Víctor Sánchez, Cañas, Montañés (Stuani, 46'); Sergio García (C) (Raúl Rodríguez, 89’) and Caicedo (Salva Sevilla, 60')

Málaga CF: Kameni; Rosales, Sergio Sánchez, Weligton (C), Antunes; Ricardo Horta (Samu Castillejo, 80’), Camacho, Sergi Darder, Juanmi; Luis Alberto (Duda, 66) and Santa Cruz (Amrabat, 46').

1-0 (15'): Caicedo.
1-1 (52'): Camacho.
2-1 (87’): Stuani
2-2 (92’): Duda

Iglesias Villanueva (‘Colegio Gallego’).  Yellow cards were shown to local players: Javi López (38') and Salva Sevilla (92’); and from Málaga CF: Sergio Sánchez (60'), Camacho (69'), Sergi Darder (75') and Duda (88’).

4th BBVA League First Division match of the season, held at the Power8 Stadium.  A minute’s silence was held in memory of Espanyol season ticket holders who passed away last year, former player, Antoni Segarra and the father of RCD Espanyol football, Fuentes.


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