Blue and Whites' La Academia player, Samu Castillejo made his first team debut at the Mestalla stadium tonight, as did Juanpi Añor: “It’s bittersweet. It was an uphill struggle after the sending off, which was totally unfair. I’d like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity and having faith in me, Juanpi and other reserve team players,” says Castillejo.

Talking in a post-match press conference, the Blue and Whites’ manager says Sergi Darder’s sending off at the Mestalla “changed the match. Before this moment we maintained good control of the rival and generated numerous goal opportunities. Analysing the match, I think we were unfairly treated; we scored a perfectly legal goal and the sending off was misplaced. We’re now looking forward and I congratulate my players for tonight’s game.”

Málaga CF lost by 3-0 to Valencia CF in the 2nd BBVA League game of the season. This was an unfair defeat for the Blue and Whites, who put on a good performance and generated numerous goal opportunities, until minute 28 when the referee sent Sergi Darder off. Alcácer in the 31st minute, and Parejo after 45 minutes, scored before half-time. In the second half, Juanmi put the ‘Malaguistas’ on the scoreboard but the referee disallowed the goal for being offside. Piatti made it 3-0 for the home team. La Academia players, Samu Castillejo and Juanpi made their official debut at the Mestalla tonight..

The next match taking place at La Rosaleda will be held on Saturday 13th September, following the break for international commitments, but will now kick off earlier than previously scheduled, at 6 p.m. Málaga CF - Levante UD swapped times with the RC Celta – Real Sociedad game, which is taking place on Saturday 13th at 10 p.m.

Málaga CF winger, Ricardo Horta could make his debut with Portugal’s first team, having been a regular fixture in the country’s youth ranks. Antunes returns to Paulo Bento’s line-up for the EURO 2016 qualifier against Albania on 7th September at the Aveiro Municipal Stadium.

Málaga Club de Fútbol arrived in Valencia at approximately 11:45 a.m. on a charter flight from Málaga. Heading up the ‘Malaguistas’ on this trip is Club adviser, Francisco Martín Aguilar; director general, Vicente Casado; and sporting director, Mario Armando Husillos.

Ivory Coast-born Arthur Boka, who took part in the Brazil World Cup, has been called up again to represent his country for the upcoming Africa Cup qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Cameroon. Málaga CF now has four international players taking part in the FIFA calendar between 1st and 10th September.

The two Málaga CF youth teams are taking part in various tournaments during the 2014/15 season. La Academia’s ‘Alevines’ and ‘Benjamines’ are participating in the I Lauro Cup on Saturday, at the El Pinar stadium in Alhaurín de la Torre.

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