Juande Ramos has Malaga quietly clicking in Spain
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 10, 2016 09:29 AM
JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Malaga's chance to set a club record for consecutive home victories was ruined by a 1-1 draw with Granada in the Spanish league on Friday.
The draw came after five wins in a row at La Rosaleda Stadium. The Andalusian side's league record improved to just one loss in its last nine matches.
Midfielder Ignacio Camacho put the host ahead in the first half when he was left alone in the center of the area to head Roberto Rosales' cross off the post and into the net.
Malaga controlled the match until Artem Kravets scored a header from Alberto Bueno's free kick in the 81st.
Malaga's strength in its first season under Juande Ramos has been its knack of scoring late goals. It has three 90th-minute goals, and another five in the final 20 minutes.
Malaga went close to another last-gasp score on Friday, only for goalie Guillermo Ochao, who plays for Granada on loan from Malaga, to make three saves to ensure the stalemate.
"It's a shame because even though they had stretches they kept us at bay, they converted their only scoring chance," Camacho said. "We had some late opportunities, but they wouldn't go in. The draw hurts."
Ramos agreed to take over the Qatari-owned Malaga this summer, ending a two-year hiatus from coaching for the former Real Madrid and Tottenham boss.
If his team can keep up its level of play from the past two months, which included a 0-0 draw at Barcelona, then it should be in the running for a Europa League berth.
While Malaga climbed into eighth place, Granada remained in the relegation zone and winless on the road this season.