Málaga CF. Match report:
Málaga - Fiorentina

A more effective AC Fiorentina take the Costa del Sol UNESCO Trophy (0-2)

The Blue and Whites were not able to overcome AC Fiorentina at La Rosaleda tonight, despite numerous chances to score and dominating possession for the majority of the game. The Italians were more effective on the pitch, and thanks to goals from Rossi and Gonzalo Rodríguez, they claimed the 30th Costa del Sol Trophy, during Málaga CF’s presentation match to the fans in the 2014/15 pre-season.

A more effective AC Fiorentina take the Costa del Sol UNESCO Trophy (0-2)

Málaga CF arrived at La Rosaleda undefeated so far this pre-season.  Coach, Javi Gracia warned his team how tough the rival would be.  This was highlighted in the first few minutes as Italian international, and former Villarreal CF player, Giuseppe Rossi, took possession inside the area to put the rival in the lead with a left-footer into goal after six minutes.
 
Málaga CF was quick to retaliate, with Duda, followed by Sergi Darder trying their luck at an equaliser from outside the penalty area.  Whilst the Blue and Whites were fine tuning their scoring technique, it was a header into goal from Gonzalo Rodríguez, as goalkeeper Ochoa jumped to save the ball, which put the Italian rival even further in front in the 21st minute.
 
Possession and goal chances for the remainder of the first half belonged to the ‘Malaguistas’.  A promising display between Santa Cruz and Duda set up an opportunity for the latter in front of the rival keeper, but his left-footed shot towards goal after 27 minutes, was too far off target.
 
It was then reserve team player, Samu Castillejo’s turn, with a powerful shot from the left wing after 31 minutes that was stopped by the keeper.  Horta outwitted several defenders to get to the goal area in minute 41, but he narrowly missed and sent the ball over the crossbar.
 
Before half-time Málaga CF had the best chance to equalise so far.  The Portuguese players worked perfectly together, with a good display by Antunes and Duda on the left wing, assisting Horta to try and get the locals on the scoreboard, but the ball hit the base of the post.
 
Javi Gracia made a double substitution in the second half, with Luis Alberto and Juanmi joining the game in place of Samu Castillejo and Duda.  The Blue and Whites soon had a chance to get a goal with a pass from Sergi Darder which extended to Santa Cruz, and following a defence error, Juanmi sent the ball past the keeper to the side of the target.
 
Antunes was brought down inside the area, however the referee failed to award a penalty.  The ‘Malaguistas’ continued to search for a goal, both from free kicks and good combinative displays, but didn’t manage to find the net.


Match stats

Málaga CF: Ochoa; Rosales, Sergio Sánchez, Weligton, Antunes (Boka, 73’); Horta (Samuel, 80’), Camacho (Recio, 80’), Sergi Darder (Juanpi, 80’), Castillejo (Luis Alberto, 46’); Duda (Juanmi, 46’) and Santa Cruz

AC Fiorentina: Neto, Savic, G. Rodríguez (Vargas, 81’), Roncaglia, Alonso (Pasqual, 81’), Pizarro (Joaquín, 74’), Borja Valero, Aquilani (Iakovenko, 66’), Ilicic (Mancini, 81’), Rossi (Lazzari, 66’) and Mario Gómez (Vecino, 74’)

Referee: Melero López (‘Malagueño’)

Information: 30th Costa del Sol UNESCO Trophy match held at La Rosaleda, in front of 16,680 fans.

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