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La Rosaleda (ATT 28,000) 13th April 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Malaga Malaga vs Osasuna Osasuna

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J Baptista (90+3)

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Malaga joy after late winner

Last Updated: 13/04/13 11:27pm

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Julio Baptista: Netted a late winner to lift Malaga

Julio Baptista: Netted a late winner to lift Malaga

Malaga's week to forget ended on a high as Julio Baptista gave them something to smile about with an injury-time winner against Osasuna.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday thanks to Borussia Dortmund's injury-time heroics, and the fall-out was unpleasant.

The club's president complained that their exit was based on racism and, added to the death of Pellegrini's father, there has been little to cheer at La Rosaleda.

With the club banned from Europe next season they could have been forgiven for throwing the towel in all together this season, but thanks to Baptista's goal they are now up to fifth.

They could have been forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves considering how their week has panned out, although they hid it well if they were as they dominated throughout.

Baptista whistled in a second-minute effort which was tipped over by Andres Fernandez, before Osasuna settled and went close with an Alvaro Cejudo header.

Ruben Gonzalez then tried his luck for the visitors, before Javier Saviola twice had efforts for Malaga, with neither doing much damage.

Joaquin then drilled wide as the pressure continued and Saviola was unfortunate not to make it count when his 12-yard drive clipped the post.

Back at the other end Cejudo was brilliantly denied by Willy Caballero and, although the pace slowed after the break, it was Malaga who were on the front foot.

Baptista again forced a save out of Fernandez and Joaquin would do the same but, when it appeared as though there would be no breakthrough, Baptista finished from close range after Osasuna failed to clear their lines.

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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