Las Palmas 1-0 Malaga: Late Halilovic goal wins basement battle for hostsFebruary 5, 2018
Las Palmas substitute Alen Halilovic scored the only goal in the last minute of the game at home to bottom of the table Malaga to move four clear of the Andalucians, level on points with eighteenth placed Deportivo La Coruna.
The home side handed debuts to new signings Matias Aguirregaray and Oghenekaro Etebo with Valencia loanee Nacho Gil given his first start for the club after a substitute appearance at the Wanda Metropolitano against Atletico Madrid last weekend.
As for Malaga, they also gave starts to new signings Ideye Brown and Samu Garcia with Alberto Bueno and Isaac Success returning to La Liga from the bench, making their Malaga debuts in the process.
With the two sides in serious trouble at the bottom of the table, games like these are must win yet both sides were very tentative in their approach from the beginning with the first half in particular lacking any real quality.
Michel Macedo did go close for Las Palmas with his low left footed shot pushed around the post by Roberto in the Malaga goal.
The second half did see more of an urgency from both sides and Malaga really should have went ahead on 56 minutes, Keko Gontan somehow contriving to fire his shot straight at the legs of Leandro Chichizola.
Etebo had his strike from long distance tipped over the bar by Roberto as the hosts went in search of the goal too but the fast start to the half soon fizzled out as the two teams once more fell back into their first half routines.
Halilovic replaced Gil just past the hour mark but the Croatian wasn’t having the greatest of impacts, giving the ball away several times, frustrating an already agitated home support. However he was soon the most liked man in the Estadio de Gran Canaria as he scored the winning goal.
Tana crossed the ball into the box but Ignasi Miquel got his head on the ball to clear, yet it was only sent as far as Halilovic who controlled on his chest and then sent a softly hit volley which managed to drop into the bottom corner to the delight of the home fans as the hosts picked up a massive three points.
Las Palmas: Chichizola; Michel (D. Castellano, 86), Galvez, Ximo, Aguirregaray; Etebo, Penalba, Viera; Toledo (Tana, 72), Calleri, Gil (Halilovic, 62)
Malaga: Roberto; Rosales, Hernandez, Miquel, Ricca; Keko (Juanpi, 86), Iturra, Recio (Bueno, 70), Garcia (Success, 78); Ideye, Adrian