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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Rosaleda (ATT 22,000) 9th April 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Malaga Malaga vs Racing Santander R Santandr

Malaga 3

Isco (22)
S Cazorla (64)
R van Nistelrooy (84)


R Santandr 0

P Francis (S/O 3)

Malaga march up to third

10-man Santander punished by Champions League hopefuls

Last Updated: 09/04/12 10:37pm

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Van Nistelrooy: Scored third

Van Nistelrooy: Scored third

Malaga boosted their prospects of UEFA Champions League qualification with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Racing Santander.

The Primera Liga strugglers were always facing an uphill battle after defender Francis Perez was sent off after just three minutes, although Santi Cazorla missed the resulting penalty.

However, goals from Alarcon Isco, Cazorla and Ruud van Nistelrooy secured the win for Malaga, which lifts them into third in the table.

Malaga saw their good recent run ended by a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis in their last match, but a repeat of that setback never looked likely following the early red card for Francis following a foul on Jose Salomon Rondon.

Racing survived the following spot-kick as Mario Fernandez parried Cazorla's effort from 12 yards, but the visitors could only keep their hosts at bay until the 22nd minute when Isco gave Malaga the lead with a superb strike.

Nacho Monreal picked up a cross beyond the far post before laying the ball back to Isco who, from the left-hand side of the area, curled an unstoppable shot past Mario into the far top corner.

Malaga created numerous opportunities to increase their lead but had to wait until the 64th minute to double their advantage through Cazorla.

The Spain international made amends for his penalty miss by picking up Enzo Maresca's pass and firing past substitute Racing keeper Dani Sotres, who had replaced Mario just after half-time.

The home side then added a third goal six minutes from time through veteran Dutch striker Van Nistelrooy, who marked his appearance off the bench with a header from Sergio Duda's left wing cross to cap a fine night.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 16 35
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Villarreal 16 30
6 Sevilla 15 30
7 Malaga 16 30
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 16 19
12 Getafe 16 17
13 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 16 13
18 Granada 16 13
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 16 10