Málaga Club de Fútbol went all out in the match against Getafe. And so it was that the game began, taking danger too near Codina’s goal in the first few minutes with three fouls. Manuel Pellegrini’s squad controlled the pace of the game and had control, even thought they failed to create clear chances to notch-up the scoreboard. In one of them, in minute 18, the Getafe defender, Cata Díaz, stopped a possible penalty from Julio Baptista, and in a move that could’ve changed the outcome of the whole game, the referee gave the Blues and Whites player a yellow card. The team carried on, although more tentatively with shots from Van Nistelrooy from the right wing towards the Getafe goal, a foul by Cazorla, and header by Baptista that was saved by Codina after a great pass by Joaquín from the left.
In the second half, it took Málaga a little longer to get into the game. As play became more divided, Pedro León took a surprise shot just 30 metres from Willy Caballero’s goal and scored barely ten minutes since the game re-started. In this match, Caballero has now beaten the Club's record as the player who has spent the most undefeated minutes on the pitch; previously it was held by Koke Contreras. Then, Pellegrini, seeking to balance out the score, substituted Duda for Isco
From then on, Málaga upped their game, and it didn’t take long to see the fruits of their labour. After a corner kick from the right, Julio Baptista took a chance and headed the ball but it was saved by Cordina; but as it rebounded back out, Van Nistelrooy took the opportunity of knocking it back into the net, thereby achieving his first goal for Málaga Club de Fútbol in an official league match.
As Málaga was playing well, controlling the match, and dominating the ball, neither the referee of the linesman saw a clear foul by Eliseu on the left wing, allowing Getafe defender Miku to take the score to 2-1, with 15 minutes to go until the end of the match. After the goal and the ensuing protests, the ref sent off Lacen after giving him his second yellow card.
Now against 10 players, Málaga began to storm Codina’s goal, but Getafe defended well, leaving them in a favourable position on the scoreboard. With four minuets to go, and after Isco’s second corner, Maresca took advantage of a loose ball in the penalty area and equalised the score. But ecstasy was yet to come for those in La Rosaleda. In extra time, Julio Baptista took a ball from the right wing, past Codina, pulverising the Getafe defence, to score a goal, and, in the process, getting the three points and another triumph.
The team are now momentary leaders in the First Division, a dream come true for the Blues and Whites, who fought blood, sweat and tears to win one of their most complicated games to date.
Málaga CF: Willy, Jesús Gámez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu, Joaquín (Maresca), Toulalan, Duda (Isco), Cazorla, Baptista and Van Nistelrooy (Rondón).
Getafe CF: Codina, Valera, C. Díaz, Lopo, Mane, P. León (P. Ríos), Rubén Pérez, Lacen, Barrada, D. Castro and D. Güiza (Miku).
0-1: Pedro León (54')
1-1: Van Nistelrooy (63')
1-2: Miku (75')
2-2: Maresca (87')
3-2. Baptista (92')
Referee: Álvarez Izquierdo. He gave yellow cards to Baptista, Pedro León, Lopo, D. Güiza, Abdel, Eliseu. With two yellow cars, Getafe’s Lacen was sent off.
Notes: La Rosaleda stadium. Seventh match of the BBVA league.