Getafe boosted their hopes of La Liga survival with a dogged win over Malaga at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in a game that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
However, Marica was soon the villain as he was sent off for a second bookable offence before half time.
Malaga looked for an equaliser before the break and came close when Roque Santa Cruz saw his fizzing effort come back off the right-hand post.
Malaga continued to press, but their hopes of drawing level were dealt a huge blow when Marcos Angeleri was sent off for a second yellow card.
Getafe were able to hold on for a win that pulls them three points clear of the drop zone, although both Osasuna and Real Valladolid below them have games in hand.