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Effort without reward at Cartagonova (2-1)

The locals won with goals from Ortuño (51’) and Jansson (77’)

Málaga CF were away to FC Cartagena on Thursday 3rd November on an unusually warm autumn night. The duel corresponded to LaLiga SmartBank matchday 14.

In terms of gameplay, the initial stages of play were mostly even at Cartagonova. The ball moved within the wide area and both teams exchanged opportunities. Rubén Castro had the first, the striker finished off a superb shot from the left at close range. The header was intuitively intercepted by goalkeeper Aarón Escandell (former Malaguista).

Minute 22 was key in changing the course of the match. Central defender Esteban Burgos prevented a rival one-on-one from the edge of the area with a foul. The referee agreed it was a clear goal scoring opportunity and sent him off with a direct red card. From then on, the Blue and Whites were a man down.

Following the expulsion, the locals stepped up their attack, but the Malaguista defence worked hard to stop the opposing attacks. MCF captain, Luis Muñoz, came close to 0-1 in the 38th minute. The midfielder surprised with a powerful, precise shot from the edge of the box, but the ball grazed the post. The scoreboard remained at 0-0 at half-time.

In the second half, the locals stepped on to the pitch with the intention of taking the lead, and they succeeded. In minute 51, Ortuño scored from inside the area. Goalkeeper, Rubén Yáñez touched the ball, but didn’t manage to stop the goal (1-0).

The rival continued their insistence on the attack. Yáñez had to prove his extraordinary reflexes with a save from a changed hand, in response to a spectacular shot from De Blasis (57’).

Just two minutes later, the Malaguistas went level. Homegrown player Cristian, who had barely been on the pitch for a quarter of an hour, made it 1-1 in the 60th minute. The winger recovered a ball in the heart of the area and slammed it into the net, the second goal for the MCF Academy player.

Play balanced out in the next stage of the game. Just when it looked as though the points would be shared between both teams, Jansson put the home side in front once again, 2-1. The referee highlighted the illegal position of the shooter, but the VAR corrected the decision and validated the goal in 77'.

The goal spurred on Cartagena, who went all out to increase their lead, but the Blue and Whites managed to contain their attacking onslaught. In the final stages of play, Cartagena dedicated themselves to controlling the game through possession and a fatigued Blue and White team couldn’t find the equaliser. The final result was 2-1 and Málaga leave the Municipal Cartagonova empty handed.

The next league match is taking place on Sunday 6th November at 18:30 against Real Sporting de Gijón at La Rosaleda.

Match summary
FC Cartagena
FC Cartagena
LALIGA HYPERMOTION · M14
2
-
1
Cartagonova
Málaga CF
Málaga CF
Line-ups
Alcalá photo
04Alcalá45
J. Jiménez photo
03J. Jiménez
Pablo V. photo
05Pablo V.
Juande photo
05Juande
Datkovic photo
06Datkovic
Luis Muñoz photo
08Luis Muñoz67
De Blasis photo
08De Blasis
Febas photo
10Febas60
Aarón photo
13Aarón
Chavarria photo
12Chavarria26
Feuillassier photo
14Feuillassier62
Yáñez photo
13Yáñez
I. Calero photo
16I. Calero
15L. Agbenyenu45
Mikel Rico photo
17Mikel Rico75
N'diaye photo
18N'diaye
Sadiku photo
19Sadiku87
E. Burgos photo
20E. Burgos
Jairo photo
20Jairo
Ramalho photo
22Ramalho
23Tejera62
Rubén Castro photo
24Rubén Castro67
Substitutes
Marc Martinez photo
01Marc Martinez
M. Reina photo
01M. Reina
03Jaime62
02Juanfran26
Ortuño . Y photo
09Ortuño . Y45
Ramon photo
06Ramon67
11Arribas
Alex Gallar photo
11Alex Gallar
Sanghyeok photo
12Sanghyeok
14Hervias
15Sangalli62
Genaro photo
16Genaro60
Jansson photo
24Jansson75
Jozabed photo
19Jozabed
Farru photo
26Farru
F. Villalba photo
21F. Villalba
Sergio Diaz photo
27Sergio Diaz
26Dani Lorenzo
28Neskes87
Loren photo
29Loren67
33Carlos
Andrés photo
31Andrés
Nacho Pais photo
35Nacho Pais
39Cristian45
Goals
Ortuño . Y
50
(1 - 0)
(1 - 1)
Cristian
59
Jansson
76
(2 - 1)
Match officials
José Antonio López Toca
Referee
Abraham Pérez Dapía
Lineman#1
David Ortíz Calderón
Lineman#2
Jorge Tarraga Lajara
Fourth official
Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Video Assistant Referee
Aitor Gorostegui Fernández Ortega
Assistant VAR Official