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Málaga CF deserves more at the Cornellá (0-0)

It was a goalless draw tonight between Málaga Club de Fútbol and Real Club Deportivo Espanyol, in the 11th BBVA League match of the season, held at the Cornellá-El Prat stadium. Despite numerous scoring opportunities for both teams, the match ended without a goal.

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29/10/2013 22:16

Málaga Club de Fútbol arrived at the Cornellá-El Prat stadium this evening, determined to return to winning ways following three consecutive defeats.  There were four new faces in Bernd Schuster’s line-up for this match, with respect to last Saturday’s team.  Sergio Sánchez was back in the starting-11 after he was banned from the last game; Sergi Darder accompanied Tissone in midfield; whilst Eliseu and Fabrice strengthened the Blue and Whites’ attack.
 
With very clear ideas, Málaga Club de Fútbol began to feel more comfortable on the pitch as the match went on.  They focused play in midfield, without getting too close to the goal area, which changed somewhat towards the end of the first 45 minutes.  Málaga created the first goal opportunities, but luck wasn’t on their side.  Following a promising pass from Antunes, Santa Cruz launched a shot at the target, but failed to net a goal.  Tissone passed to Eliseu, who despite a strong chance of a goal, couldn’t get past Casilla.  Espanyol stepped up their attack as they burst into action, however it was Weligton at the end of the first half, who had the next shot at glory following a Córdoba header, but missed the target.  Héctor Moreno then came close to scoring a crucial goal following a corner kick to open the scoring for the locals just before the half time whistle.
 
RCD Espanyol attempted to revitalise their game play in the second half with the introduction of Lanza and Stuani, however Málaga CF kept the same team and continued to create promising scoring opportunities.  Sergi Darder’s strong performance in midfield put Casilla to the test on two occasions from outside the penalty area.  Eliseu was also close to scoring, until the referee declared he was offside.
 
Málaga CF made three changes in the final minutes of play, brining on Anderson and Juanmi, as well as Camacho to strengthen midfield.  Both teams were desperately seeking a goal up until the final whistle, keeping the keepers on their toes.  Casilla stopped a powerful Anderson shot at goal, and a spectacular save from Willy prevented Sergio García from netting a winner.

 
MATCH STATS: RCD ESPANYOL - MÁLAGA CF

RCD ESPANYOL: Casilla; Mattioni; Sidnei, H. Moreno, Fuentes; Pizzi (M. Lanza, 46'), V. Sánchez, D. López, Simao (Thievy, 73'); J. Córdoba (Stuani, 46') and Sergio García (C).

MALAGA CF: Willy; Jesús Gámez, Sergio Sánchez, Weligton (C), Antunes; Tissone, Sergi Darder (Camacho, 89’); Fabrice (Juanmi, 82’), Portillo (Anderson, 77'), Eliseu; and Santa Cruz.

REFEREE
Delgado Ferreiro (‘Colegio Vasco’).  Yellow cards were awarded to Espanyol’s David López (53'); and Málaga’s Tissone (8'), Fabrice (69') and Weligton (92’).

INFORMATION
11th BBVA League match of the season held at the Cornellá-El Prat stadium.  A minute’s silence was held in memory of Girona FC’s reserve team player who passed away following a traffic accident, as well as those who lost their lives in the Emilio del Valle well tragedy.