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Girona returns to La Rosaleda 69 years later

Málaga CF will face Girona FC on LaLiga Santander matchday 21. The last time this rival visited Martiricos goes back to the year 1948.

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27/01/2018 10:55

Blue and Whites’ coach, José González will debut on the local bench at La Rosaleda against Girona FC. #MálagaGirona is taking place on Saturday at 18:30, officiated by Alberto Undiano Mallenco from Navarra.

 

Players in common Málaga CF-Girona FC

Alcalá, Kiko Olivas, Peragón, Roberto Santamaría, Keko and Cifuentes

Coaches in common Málaga CF-Girona FC

None

Coaches in common CD Málaga-Girona FC

Cristóbal Martí, Paco Bru, Domingo Balmanya and Waldo Ramos

 

To take into account

  • First time Málaga CF and Girona FC have played an official match at La Rosaleda.
  • Debut of José González on the local bench at La Rosaleda. In addition, latest winter signing, Samuel García could ‘re-debut’.
  • Luis Hernández, Adrián and Ontiveros, with 4 yellow cards, are on the brink of sanction. Kuzmanovic is banned from this match following his expulsion last Monday in Eibar.
  • Málaga CF, on matchday 21 of the last 16 seasons in the First Division, obtained 3 victories, 2 draws and 11 defeats.
  • Girona have claimed 13 points from their 10 away games in LaLiga, having accumulated 3 victories, 4 draws and 3 defeats (13 goals scored and 16 conceded).

 

Girona at La Rosaleda

This will be the second time Girona plays at La Rosaleda. The first time the then-called Gerona FC visited La Rosaleda stadium was on 10th October 1948, for matchday 5 in the Second Division. That 1948/49 season, the CD Málaga lads achieved their first promotion to the First Division.

The match, that was refereed by Madrid-born Álvarez Corriols, ended in a 4-2 win for the Malaguistas. Roldán, Teo and Lezama (2) scored the Málaga goals, whilst Ricart and Anjaumà scored for the rival.

Luis Urquiri, CD Málaga coach, selected the following eleven: López, Sagrado, González, Jimeno, Teo, Elzo, Robles, Lezama, Roldán, Bazán and Azcue. Rival coach, Hungarian-born Carlos Platko, chose: Pujolrás, Miernau, Virgili, Mateo, Serra, Franch, Masós, Grabuleda, Ricart, Mateu and Anjaumà.

Girona FC’s visit to La Rosaleda also has a curious record, since between the first game played and the second, 69 years, 3 months and 17 days have passed.

The previous record corresponded to CD Toledo, with 50 years, 8 months and 28 days between the last two visits to La Rosaleda. On 18th April 1948, there was a Copa del Generalísimo match against CD Málaga, which ended with an 11-4 result (record number of goals in a Cup game), and the rival didn’t return to the stadium until 17th January 1999, in a Second Division clash against Málaga CF (ending in a 3-0 win for the Malaguistas).

Talking about... Cifuentes, La Rosaleda