La Liga round-up: Sevilla lose at Getafe

Sebastian Fernandez and Julio Baptista strikes proved too much for lowly Mallorca as Getafe narrowly beat Sevilla thanks to a goal from Miku
Getafe 1-0 Sevilla

Getafe and Sevilla played out an uninspiring opening 45 minutes as consistent fouling disrupted any rhythm which looked like getting under way at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium. Rios Rodri and Daniel Parejo were the only players to go into the referee’s book as both team’s looked to be more scared of conceding rather than going for a goal.

Victor Sanchez Mata for Getafe was frustrated throughout but he managed to pull off a shot towards the end of the half to give the home fan’s something to cheer about. His ambitious long range effort flew over the bar before both team’s trudged into the dressing room for the break.

Both team’s emerged much more positive after the break as players were gushing forward in search of a goal. Renato almost gave Los Rojiblancos an incredible lead but his acrobatic volley was saved well by Ustari in the Getafe goal. However Getafe grabbed the lead in the 75th minute thanks to a defensive lapse. Miku raced inside to punish the mistake and his finish was slid under the despairing Varas.

Sevilla tried desperately to draw level in the last quarter of an hour but the efforts were ultimately in vain as Getafe's defense held out resolutely to claim the victory. Sevilla remains in 5th place after their loss while Michel's side is temporarily up to 12th.

Malaga 3-0 Mallorca

Malaga and Mallorca's match began tentatively with both sides creating very little and were comfortable with feeling each other out in the opening exchanges. With only corners threatening to break the deadlock, a piece of wizardry from the wing gave Malaga the advantage. In the 26th minute, Jose Salamon Rondon’s tricky dribbling allowed him to set up Sebastian Fernandez who slid the ball in from 6 yards for a tap-in.

After the goal, Los Boquerones looked on top and their advantage was doubled just before half-time at La Roseleda stadium. Julio Baptista went on an elaborate run past several Mallorcan defenders and his curled shot found the bottom corner in the 40th minute to give the home side some breathing space heading into the interval.

Malaga continued to exert its dominance in the second half and was richly rewarded in the 56th minute as it went further ahead. A whipped free-kick from Sergio Duda was powerfully headed in to give Baptista a grace for the day.

Malaga looked very happy with closing out the game with the same scoreline as Mallorca looked down and out with a 3-0 deficit. Jose Rondon had a final effort as the clock ticked over 90 minutes. The win gives Malaga's fight against relegation a great boost as it climbs out of the drop zone above Real Zaragoza. Mallorca meanwhile remains comfortably in 9th place with each team having six games left to play in the league campaign.

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