Apr 28, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Estadio La Rosaleda
Malaga
2-1
Getafe
Weligton (47'), Santa Cruz (40')
Iturra (11'), Santa Cruz (70'), Camacho (88')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Valera (70')
Castro Gimenez (31'), Lopo (74'), Sarabia (90')

Result: Malaga edge past Getafe

Malaga players celebrate their opening goal against Anderlecht on December 4, 2012
© AP Photos
Malaga climb up to fifth in La Liga with a narrow 2-1 victory over Getafe.

Malaga have maintained their chances of finishing in the top four in La Liga with a 2-1 home win against Getafe.

Both sides started the contest in attacking mood but the first genuine chance of the first half fell to the visitors in the 18th minute.

Diego Castro created some space on the edge of the Malaga penalty box before finding Abdelaziz Barrada, whose thumping effort towards goal was well saved by Wilfredo Caballero.

Getafe had another good opportunity to break the deadlock at La Rosaleda in the 37th minute when Pedro Leon found Castro inside the hosts' penalty area with a cross, but the latter's header went straight into the arms of Caballero.

Malaga punished their visitors for not taking their chances three minutes later when Roque Santa Cruz headed home Sergio Sanchez's cross against the run of play.

Welington made it 2-0 to Manuel Pellegrini's side just two minutes into the second half, heading in Pedro Morales's corner.

Getafe refused to give up and halved the deficit in the 70th minute through Juan Valera, who smashed home after collecting Alberto Lopo's long free kick. That made for an exciting final 20 minutes, but Malaga held on for a home win.

The result means that Malaga are now fifth in the league table, while Getafe are ninth.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
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