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Málaga point is no consolation for Anderlecht

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 23.00CET
Málaga CF 2-2 RSC Anderlecht
The Belgian team twice came back to equalise but could not force the victory against the unbeaten Group C winners and therefore finish fourth.
by Graham Hunter
from La Rosaleda

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Match statistics

MálagaAnderlecht

Goals scored2
 
2
on target8
 
9
off target5
 
1
Corners4
 
11
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed10
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)49
 
51

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 23.00CET

Málaga point is no consolation for Anderlecht

Málaga CF 2-2 RSC Anderlecht
The Belgian team twice came back to equalise but could not force the victory against the unbeaten Group C winners and therefore finish fourth.

Málaga CF completed their debut UEFA Champions League group stage campaign unbeaten after a 2-2 home draw with an often excellent RSC Anderlecht side.

Two top-class Duda goals looked to have sealed victory for the already anointed Group C winners but Milan Jovanović and Dieudonné Mbokani replied with second-half strikes which rewarded the Belgian champions' invention and ambition. Yet with goalkeeper Carlos Kameni impressing, the Spanish club kept Anderlecht, who finished fourth in the section and missed out on the UEFA Europa League, at bay.

Despite the hosts missing eight first-teamers, and coach John van den Brom asking the visitors to start cautiously, the first half was bursting with sumptuous football. Málaga might have led by three goals inside the opening 11 minutes. Manuel Iturra shot centimetres past Silvio Proto's post, Proto saved one-on-one from Diego Buonanotte, then Oguchi Onyewu's cross invited Weligton to bulge the net but he fired over.

The bitter to offset the sweet came when Jérémy Toulalan collapsed holding his hamstring. Moments after Ignacio Camacho had replaced the Frenchman a long ball from Eliseu put Seba through, but the youngster dallied and Behrang Safari made the daring penalty-area interception.

That Manuel Pellegrini's men missed so many chances yet would still lead at half-time was thanks to Kameni, making his maiden appearance in the competition. His first save in the UEFA Champions League will compete with anything else seen this season. Jovanović's cross was perfect for Mbokani to head powerfully at goal but Kameni reacted at point-blank range. He excelled again to divert a Massimo Bruno vollley.

Reward for the Liga outfit came just before the interval with Duda's crashing left-foot shot into the top corner of Proto's net. Almost directly after the restart, however, Safari's ball let Mbokani set up Jovanović to neatly lob Kameni for the first Anderlecht equaliser. Jovanović then smashed a fierce effort off the post moments later.

The high-quality action – and scoring – continued. Soon after the hour Duda controlled immaculately to draw down Buonanotte's left-wing pass and smack the ball under the Anderlecht keeper for 2-1.

Proto denied Málaga's captain a hat-trick with a diving stop from his sweetly struck free-kick, before Kameni repelled Jovanović's close-range shot at the other end. However, Mbokani had the final word for Anderlecht, albeit in vain, sidefooting home Sacha Kljestan's cross with a minute left on the clock to restore parity.

Last updated: 06/12/12 1.30CET

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Quotes

  • Manuel Pellegrini

    "We have shown personality in this group stage. I am not going to evaluate my players on an individual basis. We conceded late goals in our last two matches, but despite that I still have a positive feeling"

  • John van den Brom

    "When I look back at all the six group stage matches, I am satisfied and proud of my team"

Lineups

málaga

Málaga

anderlecht

Anderlecht

1
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
3
WeligtonWeligton
Substitution54
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Substitution16
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
11
SebaSeba
11
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Goal50
Substitution85
16
IturraManuel Iturra
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
17
DudaDuda (C)
Yellow Card8
Goal45
Goal61
Substitution80
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
Yellow Card33
18
EliseuEliseu
20
SafariBehrang Safari
Yellow Card63
20
BuonanotteDiego Buonanotte
25
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
Yellow Card77
Goal89
21
Sergio SánchezSergio Sánchez
26
PraetDennis Praet
Substitution71
23
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
45
BrunoMassimo Bruno

Substitutes

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
13
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
2
GámezJesús Gámez
Substitution54
7
MolinsGuillermo Molins
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution16
8
OdoiDenis Odoi
7
JoaquínJoaquín
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution71
22
IscoIsco
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
26
JuanmiJuanmi
55
Fernando CanesinFernando Canesin
27
PortilloFrancisco Portillo
Substitution80
70
VargasRonald Vargas
Substitution85

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) John van den Brom (NED)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Marco Fritz (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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