Thursday March 22, 2012 Day 29 Finished Estadio La Rosaleda

Málaga CF 4 - 2 Rayo Vallecano

  • Rondón 35’, 58’
  • Maresca 70’
  • Duda 86’
  • Diego Costa 5’ (pen.)
  • Trashorras 84’ (pen.)

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  1. Malaga close on third spot with win

    Malaga close on third spot with win

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

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Málaga CF
    • Rayo Vallecano
    • 90+3' The final whistle sounds and Malaga have completed a superb 4-2 win. Very exciting stuff from the home side. A well deserved win on the night.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to what has been a thrilling sort of performance from Malaga this evening.
    • 88' Tamudo caught just offside for the visitors after setting off too soon.
    • 87' The Malaga fans enjoying the Mexican Wave. Almost home and hosed now in this contest.
    • 86' GOAL! Duda thumps home a blistering effort from distance, and Malaga have a 4-2 lead. Surely all over now. Fine finish.
    • 85' Duda takes over from Santiago Cazorla for the home team.
    • 84' Raúl Tamudo replaces Alejandro Arribas for Rayo.
    • 83' GOAL! Roberto Trashorras slams the penalty down the middle and Rayo now trail 3-2. Game on again.
    • 82' PENALTY TO RAYO! Caballero deemed to have felled Diego Costa in the box. This could make for an interesting finish to the night.
    • 80' Fernandez has the ball in the net, but Isco is caught offside. Almost a fourth for the home team.
    • 78' Fernandez caught offside from Rondon's pass.
    • 77' Rondon bursts through the middle. Fires the shot at goal, but Joel stands tall to make a fine stop.
    • 76' A change for Malaga as Seba Fernandez takes over from Joaquin.
    • 74' Rayo come to life at the other end as Caballero claws out the shot by Michu before diving to repel Lass's effort. Some nice play by the visitors.
    • 72' Maresca slides the ball into the path of Joaquin whose right footed shot is comfortably saved by Joel. Malaga seeking a fourth goal tonight.
    • 69' Diego Costa drills a hopeful effort at goal from distance, but his shot flew well over the bar.
    • 68' Another change for Rayo as Roberto Trashorras replaces José María Movilla.
    • 66' Maresca has been booked for whipping off his top to celebrate the goal. Malaga will be only three points off third place with this win.
    • 65' GOAL! A 3-1 lead now for Malaga as Enzo Maresca rises to power home the header from Jesus Gamez's cross. Lovely move. Malaga in full flight now.
    • 63' Enzo Maresca replaces Eliseu, who is given a standing ovation as he departs the action. The home fans dancing in the stands.
    • 61' Malaga continue to look sharper in possession. Looks like another change is coming here for the home side.
    • 59' Pellegrini’s men have won every league game in which they have opened the scoring in the league this season - eight. Looks like they are going to win despite losing the opening goal here.
    • 58' A change coming here for Rayo as Lass replaces Emiliano Armenteros.
    • 56' Malaga have certainly merited this lead. Have looked the more dangerous side all night long.
    • 55' GOAL! Rondon scores his second of the night. Nice pass from Eliseu before Rondon smashes the ball low away from Joel in the area. A 2-1 lead for Malaga now.
    • 53' Rondon swivels in the box, but pulls a volley just wide from the cross by Gamez. Malaga continue to push here. Lovely move there.
    • 51' The home fans trying to encourage their side to push for this winner. Rondon making a real nuisance of himself up front.
    • 49' Santi Cazorla has scored the most goals from direct free kicks in La Liga this season (four).
    • 48' Game starting to open up here as Armenteros plays a through ball to Diego Costa, who is caught offside.
    • 47' Piti with a shot. Not a bad effort from Michu's cushioned header, but well saved by Caballero.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half. Rayo begin the action.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break! All square at 1-1 in this contest. Delicately poised with Malaga recovering well after losing that opening goal.
    • 44' Weligton nods behind for a corner, but Caballero comes to collect Piti's corner.
    • 43' Rondon slips the ball into the path of Eliseu, who slams an effort wide of the target.
    • 41' Rayo's solitary corner of the first period comes to nothing before Michu is caught offside from Javi Fuego's pass.
    • 40' Isco dinks a ball into the Rayo box. Breaks to Diego Costa out wide. His cross hits off Naho Monreal before flying behind for a corner.
    • 38' Isco brings down Piti as the visiting side try to launch a rare attacking move.
    • 36' Eliseu certainly enjoying his evening so far. Rayo continue to be pushed back.
    • 34' Malaga with seven shots at goal compared to three from the visiting side. Malaga enjoying a massive 67% of possession.
    • 33' Malaga realling looking good here as Eliseu thumps a shot over the bar from inside the Rayo box. All one-way traffic at the moment.
    • 32' Eighth Liga goal of the season for Rondon. Eliseu's cross was put on a plate for his companion to head home from close range.
    • 31' GOAL! Rondon scores for Malaga. The home side level. Superb move after a sustained period of pressure.
    • 29' Another booking for Rayo as Casado is shown the yellow card for a late challenge on Isco.
    • 27' Another booking here as Tito is yellow carded for bringing down Eliseu.
    • 25' Isco brings down Joaquin with a late challenge. Still the home side try to unlock this stubborn visiting defence.
    • 24' Weligton hits the bar with a header! Superb cross from Cazorla, but the ball stays out. Rayo continue to cling to this 1-0 lead.
    • 22' Gamez trying to get forward to help Malaga in the push for this leveller, but Rayo hoist the ball out of the park.
    • 20' Isco showing some nifty footwork out wide, but Rayo are certainly holding a firm line in defence.
    • 19' Rondon just fails to latch onto a cross in the middle. Goalkick to Rayo.
    • 18' Rayo would be only a point behind the hosts in Liga with a win here. A win for Malaga would leave them only three points behind third-placed Valencia.
    • 17' A booking for Diego Costa for wrestling Weligton to the deck. He is not too happy with that booking.
    • 15' Solid defending by Joel to punch the ball clear. Malaga beginning to turn the screw, but Rayo have the loead.
    • 14' Rayo have won all four league matches in which Diego Costa has scored.
    • 13' Rondon appealed for a penalty moments ago, but the referee didn't want to know despite the ball appearing to hit a visiting player on the hand.
    • 11' Weligton powers a header narrowly wide of the target. Malaga continue to push for this equaliser.
    • 10' Malaga trying to find a way back into this match, but Rayo dangerous on the break with Cuesta seeing a header held by Caballero.
    • 9' Solid defending by Gamez to head out the cross from Santi Cazorla.
    • 8' Arribas fouls Isco before the Rayo man is awarded a yellow card.
    • 7' Malaga have never lost at home to Rayo in Primera - winning two and drawing two - and scoring twice in each match.
    • 6' If Malaga beat Rayo, it would be their best-ever run of straight wins at La Rosaleda in Primera (five). Work to be done to get there after that shock opening goal.
    • 5' GOAL! Costa sends Caballero the wrong way from the penalty spot and the visiting side have the lead. Glorious start for Rayo.
    • 4' A booking for Gamez as Diego Costa prepares to take this penalty kick for the visiting side.
    • 3' PENALTY TO RAYO! Jesus Gamez brings down Armenteros from behind. Certain penalty.
    • 2' Malaga boosted by that 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the weekend. Certainly start this contest as warm favourites.
    • 1' We are off and running in this match.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Duda thumps home a blistering effort from distance, and Malaga have a 4-2 lead. Surely all over now. Fine finish.
    • 83' GOAL! Roberto Trashorras slams the penalty down the middle and Rayo now trail 3-2. Game on again.
    • 77' Rondon bursts through the middle. Fires the shot at goal, but Joel stands tall to make a fine stop.
    • 74' Rayo come to life at the other end as Caballero claws out the shot by Michu before diving to repel Lass's effort. Some nice play by the visitors.
    • 72' Maresca slides the ball into the path of Joaquin whose right footed shot is comfortably saved by Joel. Malaga seeking a fourth goal tonight.
    • 65' GOAL! A 3-1 lead now for Malaga as Enzo Maresca rises to power home the header from Jesus Gamez's cross. Lovely move. Malaga in full flight now.
    • 55' GOAL! Rondon scores his second of the night. Nice pass from Eliseu before Rondon smashes the ball low away from Joel in the area. A 2-1 lead for Malaga now.
    • 53' Rondon swivels in the box, but pulls a volley just wide from the cross by Gamez. Malaga continue to push here. Lovely move there.
    • 47' Piti with a shot. Not a bad effort from Michu's cushioned header, but well saved by Caballero.
    • 31' GOAL! Rondon scores for Malaga. The home side level. Superb move after a sustained period of pressure.
    • 11' Weligton powers a header narrowly wide of the target. Malaga continue to push for this equaliser.
    • 5' GOAL! Costa sends Caballero the wrong way from the penalty spot and the visiting side have the lead. Glorious start for Rayo.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Málaga CF

    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

  • Rayo Vallecano

    Manager: José Ramón Sandoval

  • Line-up

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