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Match preview: #MálagaLogroñés

Málaga CF will bid farewell to this unusual 2020 at La Rosaleda against UD Logroñés on matchday 19 of LaLiga SmartBank. Kick-off is tonight at 20:30 (Movistar LaLiga).

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20/12/2020 13:24

The Blue and Whites, with 25 points, will host this rival with 23 points, both in mid-table positions.

Álvaro Moreno Aragón from Granada, assigned to the Madrid referee committee will be officiating. Up to now he has refereed four Málaga CF games, all in LaLiga SmartBank. The Malaguista results are two victories, one draw and one defeat. Heading up the VAR is Rubén Ávalos Barrera from Catalonia.

 

Players in common Málaga CF-UD Logroñés

José Mari and Popo

(*) Former reserve team players Rubén Martínez and Zelu form part of the UD Logroñés squad

(**) Iván Aguilar and Joel Valencia, homegrown Malaguistas also played for UD Logroñés

(***) Carlos Lasheras, former MCF player, is the sports director for the outfit from La Rioja.

Coaches in common Málaga CF-UD Logroñés

Sergio Pellicer

 

Check it out

  • Matos, Luis Muñoz and Yanis Rahmani, with four yellow cards, are the Malaguistas on the verge of suspension. Caye Quintana is banned from this game.
  • Juande is the Blue and White league 'pichichi' with four goals. In the previous Cup match against Coruxo, Orlando Sá and Juan Cruz made their scoring debut with MCF. Andy, with five goals, is UD Logroñés’ top scorer.
  • At home in the league, Málaga CF have obtained two wins, three draws and three defeats (nine points), scoring seven goals and conceding 10.
  • Away from home, UD Logroñés have claimed three league victories, one draw and five defeats (10 points), scoring seven goals and conceding 13.

 

Stats and facts

  • The first time Málaga CF and UD Logroñés will play one another in an official match. This will be the Malaguistas’ 63rd rival in the silver division of Spanish football.
  • Although this encounter is unprecedented, it won’t be the first time UD Logroñés have played at La Rosaleda. On 18th July, the rival achieved Second Division promotion at Martiricos after defeating CD Castellón on penalties.
  • In the past five seasons in the Second Division, on matchday 19, MCF obtained four wins (2-1 against SD Compostela and UD Almería, 0-1 against Cádiz CF and 2-0 against CD Tenerife) and one draw (0-0 against Real Oviedo). 

CD Logroñés’ last visit

On 22nd November 1998, Málaga CF welcomed historic team CD Logroñés to La Rosaleda, at that time the highest representative of La Rioja football. The match, corresponding to Second Division matchday 13, featured Málaga CF having had a bad run of results, losing the last four league games and being eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Real Valladolid.

For Joaquín Peiró, his role as Malaguista coach was at stake. That day the Madrid-born coach selected the following starting-11: Sánchez Broto, Bravo, Dorado, Roteta, Ruano, Movilla, De los Santos, Agostinho, Zárate, Basti and Catanha. In the second half, Caracol went on for Agostinho, Popovic for Basti and Brahim for Catanha.

The Malaguista goals were scored in minute 11, with a Basti cross following a great play from Agostinho. In the 38th minute, Catanha scored the 2-0 after a rebound from goalkeeper, Valero. The final Malaguista goal, the 3-1, was netted by Basti in minute 68 following a clearance of a Zárate shot by the rival defence. The match ended 3-2, and Peiró saved his position. Following this game, Málaga CF enjoyed a run of 17 league games on the bounce without defeat and, at the end of the season, achieved a historic promotion to the First Division.

Talking about... Pellicer, Basti

06/05/2021 13:04 | Training

More strategy training at the Annexe

The team returned to training for the third session of the week at La Rosaleda’s facilities. Luis Muñoz, for the second consecutive day, was integrated into the group at a good pace.