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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Rosaleda (ATT 25,000) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Muniz Fernandez

Malaga Malaga vs Valencia Valencia

Malaga 4

F Portillo (8)
J Saviola (74)
R Santa Cruz (81)
Isco (90+2)

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Valencia 0

A Rami (S/O 84)

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Magic Malaga net big win

Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:23pm

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Celebrations for Malaga.

Celebrations for Malaga.

Malaga registered their first league win in five games as they hammered Valencia 4-0 at La Rosaleda.

The margin of victory could have been even greater for the hosts who controlled the game from the off and went ahead just eight minutes in when Francisco Portillo curled home from Eliseu's cut-back.

Joaquin and Javier Saviola squandered a number of chances to increase the lead before the latter made it 2-0 15 minutes from time, a goal that was quickly followed by a third from Roque Santa Cruz.

Valencia were then reduced to 10 men as Adil Rami saw a second yellow card and Isco rounded off a fantastic evening for Malaga with a fourth in stoppage time.

Victory moves Malaga back into the top four for at least 24 hours ahead of Levante's meeting with Barcelona, while a seventh away game without victory this season sees Valencia slip four points off the Champions League places.

The hosts got off to the perfect start as Eliseu burst down the left and showed good composure to pick out Portillo who brilliantly cushioned his shot past Diego Alves for only his second senior goal for the club.

And the home side should have killed the game off before half-time as Saviola slashed wildly over when clean through on goal before Joaquin somehow failed to make contact with Jesus Gamez's cross with the goal at his mercy.

Alves then had to be alert to make great saves from ex-Valencia winger Joaquin and Saviola either side of the break, while the Argentinian also pulled a shot just wide from another good opening.

Former Barcelona striker Saviola did finally find the net when he collected Portillo's reverse pass inside the area and fired low past Alves with the aid of a slight deflection.

Santa Cruz replaced Joaquin with 12 minutes and took just three minutes to register his fourth goal of the season as Gamez's deflected cross fell perfectly for him six yards out and he calmly slotted past Alves.

Rami continued Valencia's miserable evening by getting needlessly sent off six minutes from time for arguing with the referee and Isco rubbed salt into their wounds with a goal his performance deserved as he picked the ball up 20 yards out and arrowed a shot into Alves' bottom right-hand corner.

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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