Valencia CF lose in a four minute goal rush for Malaga April, 22 2017 - Garay had to be stretchered off after taking a heavy ball to the face Valencia CF lost 2-0 to Malaga away at the Rosaleda due to four bad minutes from the 36th to the 40th minute, in which the home team scored twice, a blow which the Valencianistas were unable to come back from in the second half. The defeat brings to an end a very good run of four matches unbeaten with three wins and one draw. Salvador González “Voro” went into the match with a line-up designed to offer both solidity and creativity, with Enzo Pérez and Medrán in central midfield, Parejo with license to get forward, Munir on the left wing, Carlos Soler on the right, and Santi Mina up top. The opening minutes of the game saw Malaga with a greater share of possession but the well organised Valencia CF defence of Lato, Mangala, Garay and Cancelo left Diego Alves little work to do in goal. The first good chance for the Blanquinegros fell to Munir on 23 minutes, after a great run and through ball from Lato. Munir hit a low left-footed shot across the ´keeper, but the ball went just wide of the Malaga right post. Just after the half-hour mark Munir appealed for a penalty but referee Iglesias Villanueva waved play on. This season it seems referees are unwilling to give Valencia CF any penalties. But that’s football sometimes. When it seemed that Valencia CF were starting to get a foothold in a game of few chances for either team, Malaga scored with a header from Recio on 35 minutes. Four minutes later Malaga doubled their lead with a goal from Sandro which took a deflection that left Diego Alves stranded. Garay had taken a ball in the face and had to be replaced by Orellana, meaning that Enzo Pérez dropped back into the heart of defence, Parejo into centre midfield alongside Medrán, and Orellana was given license to roam between lines. Just before half-time Sandro found himself in on goal with a chance to make it 3-0, but brilliant defensive work from Medrán kept Valencia CF in the game. The second half saw Valencia CF come out invigorated by Voro’s half-time team talk, taking control of possession and looking to get back into the game against a Malaga side who were seemingly content to sit deep and play on the counter. However, the game was becoming increasingly physical, with the referee stopping play regularly for infringements. Despite increased possession for the Valencianistas, clear chances were hard to come by, mainly due to the fact that Malaga were getting 10 men behind the ball. As the game entered the last 20 minutes, Voro brought on Nani for Munir and Zaza for Medrán. The changes had some effect and Valencia CF created a couple of good chances but Santi Mina and Mangala were unable to finish, the French international coming close with a scuffed shot against the post. The game ended in a 2-0 defeat for Valencia CF, due to four bad minutes which Malaga were able to take advantage of. Match details: 2. Málaga: Kameni, Rosales, Llorente, Luis Hernández, Ricca, Camacho, Recio, Pablo Fornals, Ontiveros (Keko, m. 72), Jony (Juankar, m. 59) and Sandro (Charles, m. 87). 0. Valencia CF: Diego Alves, Cancelo, Garay (Orellana, m. 44), Mangala, Lato, Parejo, Carlos Soler, Enzo Pérez, Medrán (Zaza, m. 76), Munir (Nani, m. 71) and Santi Mina. Goals: 1-0. M. 36: Recio. 2-0. M. 40: Sandro. Referee: Iglesias Villanueva (comité gallego). Showed yellow cards to Recio, Llorente and Juankar for Málaga, and to Mangala, Parejo and Enzo Pérez forl Valencia CF. Observations: Matchday 33 of la Liga, played at 1pm at La Rosaleda, with Valencia CF fans in the stands. Garay had to be stretchered off after taking a ball to the face near the end of the first half. Copyright 2013-2017 Valencia Club De Fútbol. Quoting text from this article is permitted provided that en.valenciacf.com is credited as source, with a clickable link. Photographs by Lázaro de la Peña, re-use is not permitted.