Malaga earned a massive boost on their attempt in netting the fourth place spot after demolishing bottom table side, Real Zaragoza, in a very interesting match which saw Manuel Pellegrini’s team came back from a goal down and slotted four in just 21 minutes.
Other interesting match saw Levante edging Espanyol 2-1, putting the Barcelona neighbor’s European ambition on hold as they are stuck at seventh place but the Frogs got themselves back on the fourth spot race thanks to the narrow win.
At La Rosaleda, Malaga provide a spectacle for their fans but not before providing some early scares as Pellegrini’s side were a goal down midway in the first period when Carlos Aranda scored for the visitor after receiving a cross from Angel Lafita. The home team didn’t have to wain until the break to equalize though as Sebastian Fernadez’s header right before the half time whistle puts the score on level terms, something that the home team pretty much deserved.
Things changed in the second half, especially after Paulo Da Silva scored an own goal, which simply opened the flood gate as Malaga added three more from Martin Dimechelis, Isco and Rondon to give a massive win for the home team. Sensationally, those four goals arrived only in 21 minutes, a condition which really saw how vulnerable Zaragoza are mentally as they simply put their heads down right after they got pinned back.
Meanwhile, Levante temporarily puts themselves back on top four after a successful victory over home team Espanyol, ending the Frogs’ current misery of failing to win on their previous three games. Ruben Estrada was the hero for the visitor on the night as his late goal in the 89th minute simply ended the home team’s effort.
Levante took the lead first in the first half when he sweep home Arouna Kone’s pass, beating Francisco Casilla on Espanyol goal, who couldn’t really do much to avoid the opening goal. The home team fought hard and earned themselves an equalizer in the 75th minute through Kalu Uche, who headed home Juan Verdu’s free kick from the right, lifting the spirit of the crowd as they expected a winning goal to arrive shortly.
Another goal did eventually arrived late in the second half, but it was to the despair of Espanyol fans as Levante were the one getting all three points after Ruben Estrada swung in a wonderful free kick that ripped the home team’s net. The late goal simply ended Mauricio Pochettino’s side effort in trying to win the match as there isn’t much time left on the clock by the time Ruben netted in the visitor’s second.
All La Liga results on Saturday:
Espanyol v Levante 1-2; Malaga v Real Zaragoza 5-1; Real Betis v Getafe 1-1; Racing Santander v Sporting Gijon 1-1