#RayoMajadahondaMálaga (0-1, Adrián) leaves us various highlights that we’ll look at here in our particular kilometre:
Adrián, on the path of Hidalgo
The Madrid-born midfielder continues his sweet moment in front of goal. His goal, once again decisive in scoring the three points, is his fourth in the last six games. With six goals he matches Blanco Leschuk as league ‘pichichi’. More than a decade ago, another scoring specialist from the second line marked the journey back to the elite. His name, Antonio Hidalgo. Coincidentally both players wore the number ‘8’ Blue and White jersey.
A superb match by the player from Pizarra. With the ball, always sharp and elusive. Technically excellent, the generator of plays that gets you out of your seat. On the left profile of the attack that stirred up memories of the mighty Butragueño against Cádiz, or Iniesta against Belgium. If Pacheco is comfortable on the pitch, Málaga’s football is like vertigo in the last three quarters of the field of play. We needed you Dani.
Points, points and more points…
This Málaga CF shows an undeniable competitive capacity week after week, and is, together with Osasuna, the team with the most league triumphs (14). Following the setback against Reus, the Blue and Whites have accumulated three victories and three draws (12 out of a possible 18 points). The consequence of this tangible reality is second place in the table, a point away from the top spot, and 26 matches always in the Top 5 of the standings. Solid.
The 50% wall
It’s no secret that Muñiz’s defensive system leaves many rivals uncomfortable. The goal, with a superb Munir, is well-protected with strong wingers such as Iván and team captain Ricca; and the powerhouses Diego and Pau. From midfield to upfront, everyone gives their all to prevent the rival from generating dangerous chances. The result, in 13 out of 26 matches, Málaga has kept a clean sheet. Great stats.
The return of Luis
At last. Luis Hernández returned to the field of play after three and a half months since his last match in Pamplona against CA Osasuna on matchday 12, on the 3rd November 2018. The Madrid-born defender stepped on to the pitch in the 90th minute, in place of Iván Alejo. Wonderful news to recover a player who was fundamental in the first part of the competition.
Boquerones in Madrid
Mentioning the iconic supporters’ group in Madrid for so many years, it was fantastic to see such a large quantity of Malagueños cheering on the team from the stands at Cerro del Espino. Residents in the capital, fans who travelled to Madrid in groups or on their own, their passion and loyalty to MCF was once again very clear outside La Rosaleda. Thank you!