Malaga routs Granada 4-1 to move away from relegation zone
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho scored two goals and earned a penalty for a third to lead his team’s 4-1 win over Granada.
And a last-gasp goal by striker Yiadom Boakye gave Elche a dramatic 1-0 win over Getafe in a big boost for the small club’s campaign to remain in the first division for a second straight season.
Malaga’s first win in five consecutive home games moved Bernd Schuster’s side to 11th place.
Camacho headed Malaga ahead in the 14th from a set piece, and he followed with another headed goal from a corner kick in the 37th.
Youssef El Arabi had an opportunity to halve the difference for Granada just before halftime but goalkeeper Willy Caballero saved his penalty kick.
Camacho was then fouled by Jeison Murillo, allowing Nordin Amrabat to convert the spot kick in the 50th.
Juan Jimenez netted a fourth for Malaga in the 74th before El Arabi got Granada’s consolation goal four minutes later.
”We knew what was on the line, three important points against a direct (relegation) rival,” said Camacho. ”We are happy but it isn’t over. We have to make sure we stay up as soon as possible.”
Boakye jumped above his marker to head in Carles Gil’s cross three minutes into stoppage time to grab the winner in the dying moments at Elche. The victory lifted Elche four points from danger.
Valencia failed to rebound from its humiliating 3-0 loss at Swiss side Basel on Thursday in the Europa League as it was held to a 0-0 draw at Valladolid.
The point let Valladolid emerge from the drop zone and send Getafe down into the bottom three along with Almeria and Real Betis.