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Spanish Primera BBVA

ONO Estadi (ATT 10,000) 27th January 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Mallorca Real Mallorca vs Malaga Malaga

Mallorca 2

Victor (27)
G dos Santos (71)

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Malaga 3

J Saviola (10)
Isco (16)
N Monreal (62)
M Demichelis (S/O 72)

Malaga claim hard-fought win

Last Updated: 27/01/13 10:57pm

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Javier Saviola: Among the Malaga goalscorers

Javier Saviola: Among the Malaga goalscorers

Malaga bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over relegation-threatened Real Mallorca despite playing the final 18 minutes a man down.

The Andalusian side had slumped from fourth to eighth after taking just one point from their previous three matches, but they were triumphant on Sunday after seeing off battling Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium.

Early goals from Javier Saviola and Isco put Malaga in charge and Nacho Monreal restored the visiting side's two-goal lead in the second half after Victor Casadesus had pulled a goal back for the hosts.

However, from a position of strength Malaga found themselves under serious pressure after conceding a second Mallorca goal to Giovani dos Santos in the 71st minute and then losing Martin Demichelis to a red card 60 seconds later.

Mallorca could not find an equaliser though, as Malaga held on to move back to fourth spot, replacing Real Betis courtesy of their better goal difference.

It took Manuel Pellegrini's men just 10 minutes to get their noses in front when Saviola lashed the ball home on the volley after Mallorca had failed to deal with an inswinging free-kick from Isco.

The highly-rated Isco then made it 2-0 himself six minutes later with a clinical side-footed finish at the far post after being picked out by Monreal.

Mallorca were quick to respond though and, after spurning a great counter-attacking opportunity, they halved Malaga's lead in the 27th minute when Victor slotted home a Tomer Hemed header.

The home side had several chances to get back on terms before the break but they failed to take them and were made to pay as Malaga went 3-1 ahead in the 62nd minute when Monreal fired an unstoppable shot past Juan Calatayud.

Second-bottom Mallorca again refused to give in and they were suddenly right back in it after Giovani curled in a brilliant 25-yard free-kick and then almost immediately Demichelis was handed his marching orders for a foul on Tomas Pina.

The Balearic islanders could not make their extra man count, however, as Malaga held out for a much-welcomed victory.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Sevilla 15 30
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
12 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
18 Granada 15 12
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 15 10