Valencia 1-0 Malaga: Valencia outlast Malaga in a well fought night cap
Valencia and Malaga were both sporting overhauled rosters but big ambitions as both were looking to start the La Liga season with a win and get back into the Champions League.
In the first half, Valencia held the ball while Malaga were aggressive on the defence, getting three yellow cards in the first half.
However, they limited Valencia’s ability to exploit the Andalusian’s defence, who featured Angeleri and 19-year-old Panamanian centre-back, Roberto Chen, who had only had three weeks to work together.
It was all even going into the break and neither side looked dominant as they played their chess match throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half.
However, it was Valencia who would break the stalemate and eventually, earn the three points following a Ricardo Costa goal from a set-piece situation, that was only let in by a massive error by Malaga goalkeeper, Willy Caballero.
Yet, Malaga maintained their cool and refocused their efforts, including a late surge that saw a barrage of five shots that peppered the defence, but it wasn’t enough as Valencia made a statement in their quest for a Champions League return.
Meanwhile, Malaga can take great things away from this match as they faced one of their biggest opponents, with a squad that featured four new faces and are on the verge of adding several more and getting veterans back from injury.
Valencia 1-0 Malaga
Referee: Álvarez Izquierdo
Valencia XI: Alves, Joao Pereira, Adil Rami, Ricardo Costa, Bernat; Javi Fuego, Míchel, Ever Banega (86′); Fede (67′), Viera (79′), Helder Postiga
Subs: Sofiane Feghouli (67′), Andres Guardado (79′), Sergio Canales (86′)
Goals: Costa (64′)
Yellow Cards: Michel (13′), Joao Pereira (53′), Costa (86′)
Malaga XI: Willy; Jesús Gámez, Angeleri, Roberto Chen, Antunes; Duda (C) (70′), S. Darder (81′), Tissone, P. Morales, Fabrice; Santa Cruz
Subs: Samu (70′), Bobley Anderson (70′), Seba Fernandez (81′)
Yellow Cards: Morales (26′), Chen (38′), Antunes (46′), Darder (66′), Fabrice (78′)