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Villarreal rally to floor ten-man Málaga

Published: Thursday 12 April 2012, 23.00CET
Struggling Villarreal CF denied Málaga CF the chance to leapfrog Valencia CF and take third place in the Liga by coming from behind to earn a dramatic 2-1 win at El Madrigal.
Villarreal rally to floor ten-man Málaga
Hernán Peréz (left) of Villarreal celebrates his dramatic late winner against Málaga ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 12 April 2012, 23.00CET

Villarreal rally to floor ten-man Málaga

Struggling Villarreal CF denied Málaga CF the chance to leapfrog Valencia CF and take third place in the Liga by coming from behind to earn a dramatic 2-1 win at El Madrigal.

Málaga CF passed up the opportunity to leapfrog Valencia CF into third place in the Liga as relegation-threatened Villarreal CF came from a goal down to earn a last-gasp 2-1 home win.

Following Levante UD's defeat to Real Sporting de Gijón on Wednesday, Málaga had the opportunity to put five points between themselves and the fifth-placed side. The hosts appeared in control when former Villarreal forward Santi Cazorla put Málaga ahead with a 65th-minute drilled effort from the edge of the penalty area.

However, in a frenetic final few minutes, Málaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni conceded an 82nd-minute penalty and was subsequently sent off for bringing down Hernán Peréz. Marcos Senna duly converted the spot kick, before substitute Peréz fired in an added-time volley to steal all three points for the hosts.

The result leaves Málaga two points behind Valencia and moves Villarreal seven points clear of the relegation zone, as an Álvaro Negredo double helped Sevilla FC seal a 3-0 win against 18th-placed Real Zaragoza. Meanwhile, bottom side Real Racing Club also succumbed 3-0 against RCD Mallorca.

Last updated: 13/04/12 9.08CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 15/04/2012 17:16 CET

12/04/2012

SevillaSevilla3-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Fazio 11, Negredo 29, 43

Venue: Sevilla

12/04/2012

RacingRacing0-3MallorcaMallorca

Nsue 1, Gonzalo Castro 47, Alfaro 53

Venue: Santander

12/04/2012

VillarrealVillarreal2-1MálagaMálaga

Senna 83 (P), Peréz 90+4

Santi Cazorla 65

Venue: Castellon

11/04/2012

AtléticoAtlético1-4Real MadridReal Madrid

Falcao 55

Cristiano Ronaldo 25, 68, 83 (P), José Callejón 87

Venue: Madrid

11/04/2012

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón3-2LevanteLevante

Trejo 22, Lora 74, Sangoy 84

Valdo 16, Koné 63

Venue: Gijon

11/04/2012

ValenciaValencia4-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Jonas 41, 77 (P), Jordi Alba 70, Pablo Hernández 88

Diego Costa 72

Venue: Valencia

11/04/2012

GranadaGranada2-2AthleticAthletic

Romero 2, Geijo 74

Llorente 81, Susaeta 87

Venue: Granada

10/04/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona4-0GetafeGetafe

Alexis Sánchez 13, 73, Messi 44, Pedro Rodríguez 75

Venue: Barcelona

10/04/2012

OsasunaOsasuna2-0EspanyolEspanyol

Raúl García 53, 69

Venue: Pamplona

10/04/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-1BetisBetis

Vela 56

Rubén 70

Venue: San Sebastian

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