La Liga Match Preview: Malaga vs. Levante

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Updated: May 13, 2014
Malaga

Match Date: 16 May 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda

(Featured Image: Malaga | Source: lfp.es)

 

Although Malaga already have the ticket to join next season’s top-tier competition, they still showed some impressive displays to obtain more supporters. The dramatic face-off against title chasers Atletico Madrid on weekend is one of those instances when the underdogs totally steal all the attention. An excellent save from Los Boquerones goalkeeper Willy Caballero denied Atletico from a supposedly sure attainment of the La Liga silverware. The match ended with both sides earning one goal apiece, and thus shared the points.

 

The Argentinian player prevented a curling shot from Adrian in the stoppage time to be converted into a goal, producing a fingertip save that is probably one of the best thrillers the side had shown this season. Atletico initially held the most scoring chances but were surprisingly outwitted by Samuel Garcia who successfully fired a goal midway through the second half. A header by Toby Alderweireld nine minutes later leveled the scoring which eventually led to the exciting finale. Malaga, despite losing Marcos Angeleri in the final few minutes, still managed to earn one point from the brawl. They now rank at number 13 and are six points clear of the dangerous bottom.

 

Levante, meanwhile, have a much bigger reason to celebrate. Angel and Andreas Ivanschitz seized second-half goals to move further into the top half with a 2-0 win at Ciutat de Valencia against Valencia.

 

The defensive clash produced 70 minutes of deadlock, until Angel broke the dull scoring with a close-range goal. Valencia sought plenty of equalizers but none of their efforts were aptly rewarded. Instead, Ivanschitz fastened Victor Casadesus’ pass and sealed the victory for Levante nine minutes into full-time.

 

Les Granotes have been undefeated for four straight weeks, having earned stalemates from Getafe and Elche and seizing all the marbles against Atletico Madrid and of course, Valencia.

 

Online betting tip: Malaga are on course to achieving a stunning season finale.