Málaga vs. Anderlecht  2 - 2

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Duda delighted despite draw

5 December 2012 04:06

Malaga midfielder Duda was determined not to let a late goal for Anderlecht in his team's final Champions League group game spoil his party.

An 89th-minute equaliser from Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani snatched the victory away from Manuel Pellegrini's men, despite a double from the Portuguese winger.

Playing in their first Champions League tournament, Malaga moved into the knockout stages of the competition with an unbeaten record, and although the 32-year-old lamented conceding late, he was still delighted with the progress the team have made.

"We have done a great job here tonight (Tuesday)," Duda told reporters.

"We are happy with the performance, it's just a shame about the final goal. The importing thing though, is that we got the point.

"Now we can move on and think about the next La Liga match."

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UEFA Champions League Group C wrap: Malaga deny Anderlecht

4 December 2012 23:21

Malaga captain Duda struck either side of half-time as Anderlecht were denied a spot in the Europa League after a 2-2 draw.

Duda twice put the La Liga side ahead at Estadio La Rosaleda as Anderlecht finished bottom of Group C, behind Malaga, AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg.

Malaga enjoyed the better of the early chances and almost went ahead in the 10th minute, only for Silvio Proto to tip Diego Buonanotte's effort around his post.

The hosts continued to squander opportunities and Anderlecht came close to opening the scoring against the run of play, but Dieumerci Mbokani saw his header saved by Carlos Kameni.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining, Buonanotte did well to weave into the box and get his shot away, but Proto saved with his legs.

The Belgian side then thought they had taken the lead through Behrang Safari, only to have the goal wrongly disallowed for offside.

Following the decision, the hosts opened the scoring through Duda.

Seba did well to hold the ball in the Anderlecht area before picking out Duda, who fired an unstoppable drive past Proto.

Anderlecht were not behind for long and five minutes into the second half, Oguchi Onyewu played a pass into Jovanovic and the Serbian delicately chipped the advancing Kameni.

Jovanovic came close to firing the Belgian side in front moments later, but Kameni got his fingertips to his effort and forced it onto the post before the hosts could clear.

At the other end, the hosts had a chance of their own to take the initiative.

Eliseu did well to pick out Roque Santa Cruz unmarked in the box and the striker attempted to cushion his effort into the bottom corner, but was denied by the foot of the near post.

But it was not long before Malaga were in front again.

Buonanotte picked out Duda with a perfect cross-field pass and the midfielder brought the ball down well before lashing past Proto and into the bottom corner.

Mbokani netted a last-gasp equaliser to set up a tense finish, but Malaga held on to secure a point.

In Italy, a goal from Danny was enough to lead Zenit St Petersburg to a famous 1-0 victory over AC Milan and book the Russian champions' place in the Europa League.

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Pellegrini aims to keep Malaga winning

4 December 2012 01:25

Manuel Pellegrini wants Malaga to beat Anderlecht in Tuesday's clash to maintain their unbeaten record.

The Liga side go into the game having won three and drawn two of their five games in the group stages of the Champions League so far, and despite already reaching the knockout stages, Pellegrini is unwilling to go easy against bottom-placed Anderlecht.

"Whenever any team goes out on the pitch, they are determined to play the best football they can," Pellegrini told the club's official website.

"From a sporting point of view it is important to win, no sportsman ever wants to lose. We will be concentrating on performing at a high level and maintaining our undefeated streak in the group stage, which is also important from an economic point of view."

He concluded: "We certainly won't be relaxed out on the pitch and will be in search of three points from the start of the match."

Anderlecht are bottom of Group C with four points from five games going into the fixture and will be looking to jump above Zenit in the standings to grab a Europa League spot.

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UEFA Champions League Group C preview: Top spot on line for Malaga

3 December 2012 08:20

Malaga can sew up top spot in Champions League Group C on Tuesday against Anderlecht, who are battling for the Europa League spot.

With the top two qualification spots already assured, AC Milan having also qualified, relinquishing top spot remains highly improbable for the Spanish side, with Milan three points behind heading into the last round of group games.

Zenit St Petersburg must feel they need points away to AC Milan to leapfrog Anderlecht for third place and a Europa League berth.

Both sides have four points but need a positive away result against the top two, who have little to play for and may rest players.

Anderlecht will be up against it in Malaga, who have won both their Champions League matches at the Estadio Rosaleda, and are yet to be defeated in the group.

But while Manuel Pellegrini's side have been a revelation in the Champions League this season, their fine run appears to have taken its toll in La Liga, where they won just one in their past six games.

Conversely, Anderlecht will be buoyed by a run of six straight wins in the Belgian league.

John van den Brom's side were desperately unlucky to lose to AC Milan last time out in Europe, with Philippe Mexes' audacious overhead goal changing a game that the Dutch side dominated for large parts.

If both Zenit and Anderlecht match one another's results, third position will go down to goal difference given both posted 1-0 home wins in the sides' two group games.

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
11 2 +0 3
12 2 -1 3
13 2 -2 3
14 2 +0 2
15 2 -1 1

Pro League table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +6 14
2 6 +6 11
3 6 +3 10
4 6 +2 10
5 6 +1 10