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Málaga add to Leeds troubles

Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 23.10CET
Leeds United 1-2 Málaga CF (Agg: 1-2) Málaga win but injury to Leeds' Michael Bridges casts a shadow.

Match statistics

LeedsMálaga

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 23.10CET

Málaga add to Leeds troubles

Leeds United 1-2 Málaga CF (Agg: 1-2) Málaga win but injury to Leeds' Michael Bridges casts a shadow.

Málaga CF ensured Leeds United AFC's season went from bad to worse tonight when they defeated the English side 2-1 at Elland Road to progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.

Dely Valdes double
In a fiercely-contested encounter that saw seven yellow cards, Panamanian striker Dely Valdes scored in both halves to consign Leeds to their ninth defeat in ten matches. The tone of the evening was set from the outset when a challenge on Michael Bridges, in only his second game in two years, forced him to the sidelines. He was then carried of on a stretcher to the dressing room with an Achilles tendon injury that will most likely keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

Unlucky 13
The home team's heads dropped even further when Dely Valdes struck the opener on 13 minutes, the striker poking a low shot into the near corner after a pinpoint ball from Kizito Musampa, who had done well to drive to the by-line to cross. Leeds, though, worked hard to get back into the tie, and they did so on 22 minutes. Gary Kelly sneaked into a good position and crossed to Robbie Fowler, who had come on for Bridges. The former Liverpool FC player's first touch took the ball back across the face of goal and Eirik Bakke stormed in with a volley at the far post to billow the net with his first goal since February.

All Málaga
Leeds started the second half brightly but Málaga sensed it was to be their night, kept their defence tight and strived to keep control of the midfield - where the challenges went in thick and fast. The English team's best chance to grab the vital second goal came on 47 minutes when Bowyer went agonisingly close with a diving header after an Alan Smith cross.

Killer second
But from there on in it was all Málaga with Roteta and Musampa forcing fine saves from goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Dely Valdes hit the hammer blow on 80 minutes, forcing his way past Woodgate to hit a left-foot shot into the far corner.

Venables anguish
Leeds coach Terry Venables admitted that he felt let down by his side's performance after the break. "We did a lot to get back into it and by half time we had done well after showing good spirit but we then sat back and went flat and they played keep ball. Our results are simply not good enough at the moment." Venables also admitted that the injury to Bridges had overshadowed the result. "Whatever had happened tonight would have been dampened by Michael's injury," he said. "I feel broken-hearted for the kid."

Last updated: 13/12/02 0.50CET

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Lineups

leeds

Leeds

málaga

Málaga

13
RobinsonPaul Robinson
13
ContrerasPedro Contreras
2
KellyGary Kelly (C)
5
RotetaRoteta (C)
6
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
7
Dely ValdésJulio Dely Valdés
Goal13
Goal79
Substitution90
8
BridgesMichael Bridges
Substitution8
9
Darío SilvaDarío Silva
11
BowyerLee Bowyer
Yellow Card16
11
MusampaKizito Musampa
Substitution78
16
WilcoxJason Wilcox
12
ValcarceValcarce
Yellow Card31
17
SmithAlan Smith
14
RomeroMarcelo Romero
18
MillsDanny Mills
15
SanchezAntonio Sanchez
Substitution58
19
BakkeEirik Bakke
Goal22
19
Fernando SanzFernando Sanz
22
DuberryMichael Duberry
20
GerardoGerardo
24
OkonPaul Okon
21
JosemiJosemi

Substitutes

1
MartynNigel Martyn
25
ArnauFrancesc Arnau
3
HarteIan Harte
4
LitosLitos
Substitution90
5
RadebeLucas Radebe
6
IznataIznata
14
McPhailStephen McPhail
17
Miguel ÁngelMiguel Ángel
Substitution78
20
JohnsonSeth Johnson
18
LekoIvan Leko
27
FowlerRobbie Fowler
Substitution8
23
SandroSandro
Substitution58
Yellow Card70
36
KilgallonMatthew Kilgallon
28
KokeSergio Koke

Coach

Terry Venables (ENG) Joaquín Peiró Lucas (ESP)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Rudolf Käppeli (SUI)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

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