Monday results: Málaga vs. Villarreal

28 Sep

"Hey ref, are you seeing this?" Photo: Getty Images via Daylife

Málaga 2 (Eliseu, Rondón) – Villarreal 3 (Cazorla 2, Rossi). A very lively match, at least for the first half hour. Eliseu scored for the home side right off the bat. But Villarreal took the lead twenty minutes later with back-to-back goals from Santi Cazorla and Giuseppe Rossi. José Rondón scored the equalizer for Málaga a few minutes later, only to see the Yellow Submarine regain the lead with another goal from Cazorla. And still the excitement of the first half wasn’t over yet. Shortly before half-time, Eliseu was tripped by Carlos Marchena. He got up, walked angrily up toward Marchena, and leaned in as if to say something, his nose touching the veteran’s cheek. In an epic performance, Marchena suddenly grabbed his face and fell to the ground. Eliseu was shown a red card, Marchena a yellow. This injustice seemed to affect Málaga’s morale, with their performance suffering in the second half.

Thankfully, the Competition Committee reduced Eliseu’s red card to a yellow today after reviewing the footage. He will be able to play in Málaga’s next match against Almería.

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