It was another case of what could have been for Malaga. The team showed moments of good, attacking football, but were chasing Sevilla for the majority of the match after the visitors took an early lead in the Andalusian derby on Wednesday night.
There was a sense of anticipation around La Rosaleda which still found its voice despite the awful rainy conditions. This support took a dent early on when Sevilla went ahead after just 14 minutes.
Vincenzo Montella’s team gave a warning a minute before when Ben Yedder teed up Miguel Layún whose right-footed shot forced a save from Roberto. However, Roberto could do nothing to stop Joaquín Correa, who then tucked the ball neatly into the bottom right corner from a tight angle after latching onto a chipped pass from Nolito.
The hosts responded and thought they should have had a penalty when Isaac Success took a tumble in the area after seemingly receiving a push in the back.
However, Sevilla maintained their control and Nolito almost doubled his side’s lead when his cross was deflected just over the bar by Ignasi Miquel. From the resulting corner, Ben Yedder poked home but was flagged for offside.
The Costa del Sol side came out the blocks quicker in the second half and En-Nesyri should have done better with his header from Mehdi Lacen’s cross.
In the 57th minute Diego Rolan’s near post shot was tipped over the bar for a corner by Sergio Rico.
A foul on the edge of the area gave Chory Castro a good chance from the set piece but he struck the wall with his effort and Diego González fired the rebound wide.
Despite throwing on all of the attackers in their arsenal, Malaga couldn’t find the equaliser. In fact, Sevilla almost dealt a knockout blow in stoppage time but Franco Vázquez’s shot was stopped by Roberto’s foot. The keeper then had to scramble back towards his line to prevent an unfortunate own goal from Miquel.
This defeat is Malaga’s second in a week and yet another by a single-goal margin. Despite their best efforts, again they failed to find the crucial goal and relegation remains inevitable.