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Girona 1-0 Malaga: Hosts make history with victory

Girona won their first ever La Liga game with Alacla goal enough for the hosts to take all three points from a poor Malaga.

The home team would have been feeling aggrieved that they didn’t record their first win last weekend when Atletico Madrid turned around a 2-0 goal deficit to draw 2-2. Girona coach didn’t change much, opting for 3 at the back tonight rather than the 5 at the back employed against Atleti. Malaga campaign got off to a poor start with a 1-0 loss to Eibar on Monday. Michel also changed his side tactical, switching to a four at the back and starting Borja Baston.

Girona managed Malaga in the opening half and was particularly dangerous from long shots and set pieces. Goals from set pieces have been a common theme in La Liga so far this season and Girona continued the trend. Off a free kick, the ball was tapped across goal for Acala to pound home into an empty net.

The second half continued with a  similar trend, the hosts controlling the possession and carving the Malaga defence open in the early stages only to slice the ball wide of the post.

Another set piece resulted in another good chance for Girona to double their advantage, sadly the header lacked direction and ended up bouncing over the bar. Malaga had their first real chance of the game mid way through the second half, Jony going on an inspired run to see his shot deflected out for a corner.

The visitors had clearly not taken notes of their opponents lethal set pieces, the resulting corner ending fruitless. Girona once again had another chance to double their lead, a fabulous counter ended with Douglas bending the ball towards goal from outside the box. The Malaga keeper slapping the shot away.

The final chance of the game would fall to the vistors, Borja Baston latching onto a cross and firing the shot into a defender. The rebound fell to another Malaga player whose tame effort didn’t challenge the keeper.

Its two defeats in two for Michel’s Malaga, they head to Las Palmas next. High flying Girona face Athletic Bilbao.

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