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Juegos Mediterraneos (ATT 12,305) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: C Muniz Fernandez

Almeria Almeria vs Malaga Malaga


Malaga 0

No goals for struggling duo

Last Updated: 22/02/14 11:19pm

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Malaga's Sergio Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside

Malaga's Sergio Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside

Relegation rivals Almeria and Malaga shared a goalless draw at the Juegos Mediterraneos on Saturday night.

Neither side did enough to warrant victory as they instead claimed a point each to edge them away from the relegation places.

Almeria finished the night slightly better off, four points above the bottom three, with Malaga a place and a point behind in 17th.

The home side's lack of goals is a mounting concern though - they have scored just three times in their past seven league games.

Malaga did have the ball in the net after five minutes only for Sergio Sanchez to be correctly ruled offside.

The defender stretched a boot out to turn Duda's free-kick past onrushing Almeria goalkeeper Esteban, but he had timed his run too early.

At the other end away goalkeeper Willy Caballero made a brave block to deny Angel Trujillo's diving header at the back post.

It was an important intervention after it appeared the linesman had not spotted Trujillo sneaking slightly offside before meeting a Jose Antonio Verza free-kick which skidded across the six-yard box.

They were the best moments of an otherwise tight and tense first period that remained goalless.

The game drifted just past the hour before either goalkeeper was tested again and while it was Caballero who made another fine save, to deny Almeria defender Marco Torsiglieri, the offside flag was again up.

Despite that it was expert work from Caballero who would not have known Torsiglieri had strayed before athletically keeping out his towering header from eight yards.

There was a brief flashpoint on the touchline when Malaga substitute Sacha Iakovenko appeared to kick out at Sebastian Dubarbier, with Almeria coach Francisco Rodriguez quick to step in to calm any tension. Iakovenko was cautioned for a foul on Dubarbier soon after.

Almeria had a late chance but Trujillo hooked a volley over in injury time when Caballero failed to clear his lines with a punch under pressure.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 31 73
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 31 62
6 Villarreal 31 51
7 Malaga 31 46
8 Espanyol 32 42
9 Athletic Bilbao 31 40
10 Celta Vigo 31 39
11 Real Sociedad 31 38
12 Rayo Vallecano 31 38
13 Getafe 31 36
14 Eibar 31 31
15 Elche 31 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 31 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 31 24
20 Cordoba 31 19