Liga - Malaga hold on to beat Sevilla

Sun, 29 Jan 21:24:00 2012

Ten-man Malaga held out to record a 2-1 Liga victory over Sevilla in the Andalucia derby at the Estadio La Rosaleda.

Manuel Pellegrini - 0

Malaga raced out of the blocks and went ahead through Weligton before Luna equalised against the run of play.

But Sebastian Fernandez soon put Manuel Pellegrini's side back in front, while Isco's late red card made for a nervy finish.

Both sides went into the game short of confidence, as Malaga had not recorded a league victory since November 28 while Sevilla had failed to pick up three points since December 5.

Malaga were determined to put their poor form behind them from the off, however, with Jose Rondon flicking the ball onto the crossbar from Nacho Monreal's cross after just four minutes.

The hosts continued to peg Sevilla back in their own half and Santi Cazorla's 25-yard free-kick forced Javi Varas into a fine fingertip save.

And Malaga deservedly took the lead when Weligton headed a free-kick from the right flank past Varas.

Sevilla, lucky to be only one goal behind, looked shellshocked but levelled from their first meaningful foray forward when Alvaro Negredo's dummy outfoxed the home defence and Luna slipped in to fire home at the second attempt having seen his initial shot saved by Wilfredo Caballero.

But Malaga were back in front just three minutes later, with Rondon beating the offside trap and finding Fernandez, who squeezed the ball over the line after two bites of the cherry.

Malaga nearly extended their advantage after the break but Varas produced a brave save to deny Isco at the back post.

Sevilla, who have won just once on the road this season, were not without their chances and Negredo beat the offside trap to meet Jesus Navas's cross - but Martin Demichelis recovered to hack the ball off the line.

Malaga were reduced to 10 men when Isco was sent off for a shin-high challenge on Negredo and Sevilla looked to have drawn level soon after but Coke's header was ruled out for offside.

George Scott / Eurosport

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