MX23RW : Thursday, November 15 19:39:14
Nov 8, 2013 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes
Granada
3-1
Malaga
FT

Result: Youssef El-Arabi inspires Granada to win over Malaga

A second-half hat-trick from Moroccan striker Youssef El-Arabi inspires Granada to a 3-1 win over Malaga in their La Liga clash in Andalusia.

La Liga's lowest scorers finally found their shooting boots tonight as a second-half hat-trick from Youssef El-Arabi inspired Granada to a 3-1 win over Malaga in Andalusia.

The hosts had previously only found the net eight times in 12 matches, and they appeared to be struggling in front of goal again when they missed several chances in a deadlocked first period.

However, El Arabi came good after the interval to net his first treble in European football and fire Granada to a victory that sees them climb to eighth in the Spanish table.

The Moroccan striker was wayward with his finishing in the opening 45 minutes, though, as he firstly struck wide on 22 minutes, before missing over the crossbar a short time later, after Dimitri Foulquier's cross had found him unmarked and in a great position.

He found his radar to notch twice before the hour mark, but his efforts were separated by Juanmi's reply for Malaga.

El-Arabi pounced to convert a 48th-minute rebound, after visiting goalkeeper Willy Caballero had saved Rico's initial shot, but substitute Juanmi bagged within seconds of his introduction to bring Malaga level.

The 20-year-old Spanish forward came off the bench to equalise for Bernd Schuster's side, tucking home from close range after the keeper, this time Granada's Roberto, could again only parry a preceding strike.

The home side's lead was restored five minutes later as El-Arabi was presented with another tap in, when he got on the end of a square pass from Yacine Brahimi, who had made a powerful run into the box.

El-Arabi completed his hat-trick on 78 minutes, when he slid the ball under the outrushing Caballero to secure his team a two-goal victory which sends them four points clear of their mid-table rivals.

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Manuel Iturra of Granada CF in action during the La Liga match between Granada CF and Athletic Club at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on September 30, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Granada138321971227
2AlcorconAlcorcon138321661027
3Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo137512391426
4Malaga138231710726
5Albacete135621912721
6Las PalmasLas Palmas135621710721
7Mallorca135531712520
8Almeria135351310318
9Cadiz134541512317
10Osasuna134541313017
11NumanciaNumancia134541215-317
12Real Oviedo134451420-616
13Rayo MajadahondaMajadahonda135171117-616
14Sporting GijonSporting Gijon133641211115
15ElcheElche133641218-615
16Real ZaragozaZaragoza133551516-114
17LugoLugo133461013-313
18TenerifeTenerife132741116-513
19Reus Deportiu13346915-613
20CordobaCordoba132561527-1211
21ExtremaduraExtremadura132381724-79
22Gimnastic13238923-149

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