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Valencia, Malaga eye third place

5 May 2012 08:09

Valencia and Malaga head into the penultimate weekend of La Liga with their eyes on third place and automatic Champions League qualification.

With two matches remaining third-placed Valencia hold a three-point buffer over Malaga in fourth, and they host Villarreal at the Estadio Mestalla on Saturday.

Malaga, meanwhile, journey to Spain's capital to face Europa League finalists Atletico Madrid.

Valencia coach Unai Emery is in no doubt as to the importance of the match against Villarreal, who also have no shortage of motivation - Miguel Angel Lotina's side are four points outside the relegation zone and could secure their La Liga status for next season with a win.

"It is clear that we can lose a lot this weekend so we have got to do everything we can to win the game," Emery said.

"We have to make sure we finish in third position, and Malaga have a good chance to win against Atletico Madrid so it is important we win.

"Secondly, as a group of professionals like we are, we have to defend the colours of the club. We are only thinking on winning.

"There are still games remaining and we do not want Villarreal to get relegated, but tomorrow we have to win."

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, feels his side's clash with Atletico could be season defining.

"It is always important to play in Europe. I think this step forward is because the team has been able find wins in any stadium, even in the most difficult stadiums in La Liga," Pellegrini said.

"In some moments people criticise us because we went for the victory but the team have showed that the positive play is the best way to get the results.

"Unfortunately, we had some setbacks in the last games, basically against Real Sociedad or Barcelona.

"I felt we didn't get the points we deserved but we will continue in this way and hope to have a good referee for the game against Atletico Madrid."

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Info

Competition
Primera División
Date
5 May 2012
Game week
37
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Estadio Vicente Calderón (Madrid)
Attendance
25000

Goals

0 - 1
38' Eliseu
Koke 69'
(assist by Adrián) 
1 - 1
Adrián 79'
(assist by R. Falcao) 
2 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
23
20
6
2
5 77'
22 73'
4 33'
8 90'
7 79'
9
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
19 69' 88'
11 81'
18
12
25
28
49
# Player Bookings
9
11
17
1
2
27
28

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