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Atlético Malagueño defeats Los Villares (0-1) to become provisional group leaders

The Blue and Whites’ reserve team was victorious in their visit to Los Villares by 0-1, thanks to a goal by Pirulo in the 53rd minute, in the brought forward 19th match of the season. Salva Ballesta’s boys have achieved their sixth consecutive win and are now provisional leaders of Third Division Group IX.

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08/12/2013 21:42

Atlético Malagueño got off to a strong start and dominated ball possession in midfield, supported by a change in tactics with two defensive midfielders, Deco and Marrufo, and goal-scorer Rafa De Vicente.
 
The Blue and Whites created several clear goal opportunities, but failed to find the net in the first half as they came up against a solid, well-positioned defence.
 
A header from ‘Malaguista’ Pirulo in minute 53 following a corner kick led to the only goal of the game.  His tireless work throughout the match paid off as he scored his first Third Division goal.
 
Iván Rodríguez made his debut in the starting-11 on the right wing, substituting injured Jurado, with the ‘juvenil’ player from Málaga CF’s youth academy playing for Atlético Malagueño for the first time tonight.  Four ‘juvenil’ players were in the line-up for this match, namely Iván Rodríguez, goal-scorer Pirulo, left-back Alberto and midfielder Deco.
 
Following the match, the ‘Malaguista’ coach was very pleased with his team’s performance: “I feel very proud of the boys after this game.  It was very hard-fought, but we performed extremely well.  Not many teams come away with points from this ground, but our boys showed they’re worthy of promotion.”  This is the sixth win on the run for Atlético Malagueño – three within eight days – in the competitive Third Division group.
 
Match stats:

Los Villares: Petete, Isaac, Antonio, Javi, Rubén, Rafa, Mario (Samuel, 65'), Pingu, Jacob, Mutiu and Chico (Grego, 72').

At. Malagueño: Toni, Iván Rodríguez, Alberto, Álex Portillo, Mosquera, Deco, Ernesto, Rafa (Pablo, 82'), Pirulo (Rufo, 78'), Juanpi (Samu Castillejo, 63') and Marrufo. 
 
Goal: 
0-1. Min 53. Pirulo.
 
Referee: Álvarez Morán, Francisco.  Yellow cards were given to local players: Rubén (92') and Samuel (92'), and ‘Malaguista’ Deco, 39'.