Valencia wins in Malaga to remain fourth in Spain's Primera Liga

09:08, November 02, 2009      

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Valencia's David Villa reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Malaga at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga November 1, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A David Navarro header midway through the second half gave Valencia a valuable 1-0 win away to bottom of the table Malaga on Sunday evening.

Navarro's header, which came from a cross from Pablo Hernandez, was just reward for a Valencia side that showed its customary firmness in defence and which then took one of the few chances that fell its way.

The win keeps Valencia in the top four and leaves Malaga bottom of the table with just one win and four points from the first nine games of the season.

Malaga coach Juan Muniz is now under serious threat of losing his job in the next few days.

Another coach under threat is Racing Santander's Juan Carlos Mandia after his side lost 1-0 in Mallorca.

Racing missed two clear chances in the game, which was decided by Pierre Webo's first half volley in a game that Mallorca deserved to win thanks to another solid display in the ONO Stadium.

Villarreal coach Ernesto Valverde can breathe easier after watching his side put five goals past a Tenerife team that has yetto take a point away from home.

Joseba Llorente opened the scoring and Villarreal scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the second half against a rival that committed basic errors in defence.

Espanyol was frustrated by a late equalizing goal from Valladolid substitute Haris Medunjanin which cancelled out Luis Garcia's opener for the home side.

Medunjanin had earlier hit the crossbar with a powerful free kick for the visitors.

Zaragoza meanwhile recovered from last weekend's 6-1 thrashing to Barcelona by beating Almeria 2-1 in the La Romareda stadium. All of the goals came in the first half.

Finally Deportivo la Coruna drew 1-1 at home to Sporting Gijon.

Saturday's games saw Barcelona draw 1-1 away to Osasuna, Real Madrid defeat Getafe 2-0, Sevilla win 2-0 in Xerez and Athletic Club Bilbao beat Atletico Madrid 1-0.

Source: Xinhua
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