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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Rosaleda (ATT 21,000) 3rd February 2013 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

Malaga Malaga vs Real Zaragoza Zaragoza

Malaga 1

Isco (pen 23)

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Zaragoza 1

H Postiga (13)
J Mari (S/O 90+2)

Malaga held by Real Zaragoza

Last Updated: 03/02/13 3:54pm

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Julio Baptista in action for Malaga

Julio Baptista in action for Malaga

Malaga's Champions League push suffered a blow as they were held 1-1 at home by lowly Real Zaragoza.

The hosts fell behind to an early Helder Postiga strike and although Alarcon Isco levelled from the penalty spot 10 minutes later, Malaga were far from their best with Zaragoza enjoying the majority of the game's chances.

However, some of Zaragoza's joy at claiming a tough point away from home was dampened by the last-minute dismissal of Jose Mari for a second bookable offence.

Postiga opened the scoring with the first clear chance for either side in the 13th minute, finding the bottom corner of the net from Manuel Fernandez's cross.

However, Malaga were soon level as Javier Paredes handled Joaquin Sanchez's corner, Isco scoring with a spot-kick placed into the bottom left-hand corner.

Zaragoza continued to pose a strong threat as Fernandez fired narrowly wide from close range moments later.

Paco Montanes got up to head a corner goalwards in the 39th minute, but Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero held it easily.

Jesus Gamez saw his shot blocked by Zaragoza's Roberto Jimenez before Montanes warmed the palms of Caballero once more, and then in first-half injury time Nacho Camacho saw a header deflected wide from a corner.

Zaragoza had their best chance to reclaim the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Antonio Apono's free-kick struck a post and then Jose Movilla sent the rebound wide.

They kept the pressure on with Caballero sending Victor Rodriguez's long-range effort wide for a corner moments later.

Zaragoza finished the stronger of the two sides as well. Postiga flashed a shot wide from close range from Apono's 85th-minute free-kick, while Caballero did well to push Rodri Lozano's late effort around the post.

However, their afternoon was spoilt in the second minute of injury time when Mari brought down Julio Baptista to earn a second yellow card.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 24 60
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 24 53
4 Valencia 24 50
5 Sevilla 24 45
6 Villarreal 24 44
7 Malaga 24 38
8 Espanyol 25 32
9 Celta Vigo 24 31
10 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
11 Real Sociedad 24 27
12 Eibar 24 27
13 Athletic Bilbao 24 27
14 Getafe 24 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 24 23
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18