Liga - Malaga close on third spot with win

Thu, 22 Mar 22:51:00 2012

Malaga boosted their hopes of Champions League football next season with a 4-2 win over Rayo Vallecano at La Rosaleda.

Salomón Rondón Málaga Rayo La Rosaleda Liga 2012 - 0

The home side - fresh from a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid on Monday - fell behind to Diego Costa's penalty on five minutes after Jesus Gamez had felled Emiliano Armenteros in the box.

Goals from Rondon (35, 58) and Enzo Maresca gave the home side a 3-1 lead. Roberto Trashorras slammed home a penalty on 84 minutes to make it 3-2 after Costa was brought down by Wilfredo Caballero.

Substitute Duda finished off the visitors with a thumping drive from long range. Malaga draw level with Levante on 44 points and are only three points behind third-placed Valencia.

There was also a comfortable 3-0 win for Sevilla at relegation-threatened Racing Santander with Manu (52, 90+4) scoring twice after Jesus Navas (34) had opened the scoring.

Racing remain third bottom of the table with Papa Diop sent off for a tackle from behind on Piotr Trachowski.

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