Monday September 12, 2011 (20.00 UK)
Cazorla 5, 48 Joaquin 25, 73
Estadio La Rosaleda – Malaga
Worth every penny, Santi Cazorla orchestrated Malaga’s convincing win against fellow Andalusians Granada. Grabbing two goals and an assist, Cazorla’s movement, vision and ability to exploit space made the difference in a match that effectively demonstrated the difference in quality between the two sides.
Granada, attempting to adjust to life in the top flight, lost their fight in midfield and their defence was left exposed on numerous occasions, leaving Malaga with both space and time to pick holes and create chances. As one would expect from a Manuel Pellegrini side, the home team pressed effectively, chased every ball and scored four to send a clear signal of their intent for the season.
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Gamez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu; Toulalan, Duda (Maresca 60); Cazorla, Joaquin (Rondon 78), Buonanotte (Isco 67); Nistelrooy
Unused subs: Sanchez, Pol, Monreal, Fernandez
Granada (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Nyom, Diakhate, Mainz, Siqueira; Abel (M Rico 69), Yebda; Jara, Martins (Romero 77), Benitez (Mollo 63); Uche
Unused subs: Ighalo, F Rico, Cesar, Lopez
Did you know…Yet another loss means that Granada have never won at Malaga in the Spanish top flight.