MADRID Nov 6 Struggling Malaga lost 1-0 at
Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday giving new coach Manuel
Pellegrini a lot to think about as he watched from the stands.
The Chilean former Villarreal and Real Madrid boss was
presented in Malaga on Friday following the sacking of Jesualdo
Ferreira earlier in the week.
Malaga's B team coach Rafa Gil was left in charge of the
team for the trip to Barcelona, with Pellegrini to take the
reins on Sunday, but there was little either could have done
about Javi Marquez's stunning 30-metre strike after only two
Espanyol maintained their 100 percent home record, despite
being on the rack for most of the second half, and climbed to
fourth with 18 points from 10 matches, five short of Real
Malaga notched their seventh match without a win in all
competitions and remained 18th with seven points.
Jose Mourinho's unbeaten leaders host neighbours Atletico
Madrid in the city derby at the Bernabeu on Sunday, while
second-placed Barcelona visit Getafe.
Earlier, Real Sociedad striker Joseba Llorente scored after
seven minutes to give the promoted Basque club a 1-0 home win
over Racing Santander that pushed them up to sixth with 16
(Writing by Mark Elkington; Editing by Dave Thompson; To
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