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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Rosaleda (ATT 24,000) 17th March 2013 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Malaga Malaga vs Espanyol Espanyol

Malaga 0

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Espanyol 2

D Colotto (49)
Sergio Garcia (66)

Malaga slip to home defeat

Last Updated: 17/03/13 7:01pm

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Sergio Garcia celebrates for Espanyol

Sergio Garcia celebrates for Espanyol

Malaga dropped out of the top four in the Primera Division table for the first time in seven weeks after losing 2-0 to Espanyol at La Rosaleda.

Second half goals by Diego Colotto and Sergio Garcia gave the visitors all three points, despite having far less possession than their opponents and taking half as many shots.

Manuel Pellegrini made five changes to the Malaga side that beat Porto 2-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League, with matchwinner Roque Santa Cruz replacing Javier Saviola up front, and Lucas Piazon and Seba Fernandez coming in for Joaquin and Julio Baptista, who were rested.

Espanyol made the stronger start. Joan Verdu forced an excellent save from Willy Caballero just three minutes in, and the goalkeeper came to his team's rescue again a minute later, rushing out to deny Felipe Mattioni.

At the other end, Kiko Casilla did well to keep out a shot from Santa Cruz following a corner.

The opening goal arrived just four minutes into the second half, after a clanger from Caballero. The Argentinean - who has been one of the best goalkeepers in Spain this season - came out to take a corner from Verdu but failed to hold onto the ball, dropping it at the feet of centre-back Colotto, who smashed it into the net.

Malaga continued to dominate possession but were nullified by Javier Aguirre's side. Pellegrini brought on Joaquin and Duda in place of Piazon and Fernandez in search of an equaliser but not long after the pair came on, Espanyol scored again, this time from a counter attack.

Wakaso burst down the left wing and delivered a good ball into the box, which Sergio Garcia hit first time into the roof of the net.

Saviola was introduced in one final attempt to give the hosts a lift in attack, but they only created one real chance, Santa Cruz shooting wide.

Caballero prevented Espanyol from scoring again when he denied Victor Alvarez in stoppage time but his costly error which changed the game will be remembered the most.

The result was Espanyol's first win in four matches and only their third victory away from home, but takes them up to 13th place in the

league, while Malaga slip to sixth.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22