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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 18,000) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Delgado Ferreiro

Espanyol Espanyol vs Malaga Malaga

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Malaga held by Espanyol

Last Updated: 27/10/12 7:16pm

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Sebastian Fernandez vies with Cristian Gomez

Sebastian Fernandez vies with Cristian Gomez

Malaga failed to build on their midweek Champions League success over AC Milan as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling Espanyol at the Cornella El-Prat.

Manuel Pellegrini's side had the better chances but two headers from Martin Demichelis failed to find the target in the first half, while home goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez was called upon in stoppage time to turn Roque Santa Cruz's header wide.

The draw does neither side much good as Espanyol remain in the Primera Division's relegation zone, while Malaga could lose further ground on leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid if results go against them.

Pellegrini opted to rest winger Joaquin, who had been Malaga's match winner in the previous two games, and his invention was missed in a first half devoid of chances from open play.

Those that did arrive came from set-pieces, as Juan Forlin nodded just wide for the hosts on six minutes before Demichelis really ought to have scored eight minutes later, but completely mistimed his header from inside the six yard box.

The Argentinian defender had another chance from a Duda free-kick just before half-time but, despite making a better contact this time, his effort still flew beyond the far post.

Pellegrini introduced Joaquin for Seba Fernandez on the hour, but it was Espanyol who were carrying the greater threat at the beginning of the second half.

And Mubarak Wakaso should have done better when presented with a clear shooting opportunity inside the area but he blazed over.

Malaga could have snatched the points in stoppage time as Jesus Gamez galloped down the right and picked out Santa Cruz, but Alvarez got down well to turn his low header round the post and ensure a point for his side.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25