The Saint: Las Palmas V Malaga
Las Palmas looking to return to winning ways after last weeks defeat away to Sevilla. They were leading that match until the final couple of minutes when they conceded 2 goals going down 2-1. The first was a very dodgy penalty which saw their forward take a good drive and con the referee into giving them a penalty. It was a shame as LP were playing well again and at least deserved the draw.
Saturday’s visitors Malaga have drawn 2 of their opening fixtures and lost 1 last week.
LP welcomed back the very impressive central half Lemos to the side for his first game of the season.
A lovely long pass from the back from Lemos sets up a quick break for the home team, but the cross is just too hard for Livaja to reach it.
On 9mins, a neat passing move by LP finds Momo in the penalty area and he gets tripped from behind, and the ref gives a penalty. Momo himself puts the ball on the spot and slots home his left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net. LP 1 Malaga 0.
Then again on 34mins, a curling right foot shot from the visitors goes just wide.
LP are playing some sloppy football tonight and keep giving the ball away.
Again Malaga get a half chance but the shot is wide.
Half Time – Las Palmas 1 Malaga 0
The Saint’s Half Time Verdict – After a great start and going 1-0 up, the home side have started to over play and keep giving the ball away but luckily for the home side, both Lemos and Bigas are both playing well and keeping Malaga to just long range shots. The home side need to move the ball quicker in the 2nd half.
Good work by Roque Mesa sets up Momo but his cross is too hard. The game is following the first half, LP being sloppy with their passes, but Malaga just can’t break down the home defense.
Then the best chance of the match for the visitors. From 6 yards out, the centre forward somehow manages to hit his shot over the bar when he should have scored. A lucky escape for the home side.
LP bring on Araujo and Prince Boateng and the home team consequently look more dangerous up front.
On 84mins, good work from the Prince puts Aruajo through on goal but he places his shot wide of the post when he should have done better.
Then another chance for Malaga from a long throw in, but the header from the flick-on goes straight into Varas’ hands.
During injury time, Aruajo finds space after a good turn and fires a great shot from outside the box, only to see it clip the right hand post and go wide.
Final Score – Las Palmas 1 Malaga 0
The Verdict of The Saint – not the best of games but we managed the 3 points and we can look forward to next Saturday’s match at home to Real Madrid.
The win moves us back to 3rd place, so next week’s match should be a cracker.
A crowd of 18,980 were entertained by a small group of English Malaga fans who sang English football songs for most of the night to the amusement of the home fans, but it was all done with a smile and no trouble.
Bring on Mr. Bale and co next Saturday 19.45 KO, PIO PIO