November 24, 2012
Rami red completes Valencia misery
Malaga registered their first league win in five games as they hammered Valencia 4-0 at La Rosaleda.
The margin of victory could have been even greater for the hosts, who controlled the game from the off and went ahead just eight minutes in when Francisco Portillo curled home from Eliseu's cut-back.
Joaquin and Javier Saviola squandered a number of chances to increase the lead before the latter made it 2-0 15 minutes from time, a goal that was quickly followed by a third from Roque Santa Cruz.
Valencia were then reduced to 10 men as Adil Rami saw a second yellow card and Isco rounded off a fantastic evening for Malaga with a fourth in stoppage time.
Victory moves Malaga back into the top four for at least 24 hours ahead of Levante's meeting with Barcelona, while a seventh away game without victory this season sees Valencia slip four points off the Champions League places.
The hosts got off to the perfect start as Eliseu burst down the left and showed good composure to pick out Portillo, who brilliantly cushioned his shot past Diego Alves for only his second senior goal for the club.
And the home side should have killed the game off before half-time as Saviola slashed wildly over when clean through on goal before Joaquin somehow failed to make contact with Jesus Gamez's cross with the goal at his mercy.
Alves then had to be alert to make great saves from ex-Valencia winger Joaquin and Saviola either side of the break, while the Argentinian also pulled a shot just wide from another good opening.
Former Barcelona striker Saviola did finally find the net when he collected Portillo's reverse pass inside the area and fired low past Alves with the aid of a slight deflection.
Santa Cruz replaced Joaquin with 12 minutes and took just three minutes to register his fourth goal of the season as Gamez's deflected cross fell perfectly for him six yards out and he calmly slotted past Alves.
Rami continued Valencia's miserable evening by getting needlessly sent off six minutes from time for arguing with the referee and Isco rubbed salt into their wounds with a goal his performance deserved as he picked the ball up 20 yards out and arrowed a shot into Alves' bottom right-hand corner.
|13 Wilfredo Caballero||1 Diego Alves|
|3 Weligton||20 Ricardo Costa|
|5 Martín Demichelis||4 Adil Rami|
|18 Eliseu||3 Aly Cissokho|
|2 Jesus Gamez||14 Antonio Barragan|
|6 Ignacio Camacho||24 Tino Costa|
|8 Jeremy Toulalan||5 Fernando Gago|
|9 Javier Saviola||16 Nelson Haedo Valdez|
|22 Isco||10 Ever Banega|
|19 Francisco Portillo||17 Andrés Guardado|
|7 Joaquín||8 Sofiane Feghouli|
|24 Roque Santa Cruz||David Albelda 6|
|1 Carlos Kameni||Pablo Piatti 11|
|17 Duda||Vicente Guaita 13|
|23 Oguchi Onyewu||Daniel Parejo 21|
|11 Seba Fernández||Albert Dalmau 31|
|16 Manuel Iturra||Jonathan Viera 15|
|20 Diego Buonanotte||Jonas 7|
|Roque Santa Cruz for Joaquín (78)||Jonas for Ever Banega (55)|
|Seba Fernández for Javier Saviola (85)||Pablo Piatti for Andrés Guardado (69)|
|Diego Buonanotte for Jeremy Toulalan (90)||Daniel Parejo for Tino Costa (78)|
|Joaquín (59)||Andrés Guardado (10)|
|Weligton (63)||Ever Banega (29)|
|Fernando Gago (41)|
|Sofiane Feghouli (62)|
|Tino Costa (72)|
|Adil Rami (74)|
|Adil Rami (84)|
|· Squads: Malaga | Valencia|