Sixteen-year-old Fabrice Olinga came off the bench to score the winner on his debut for Malaga as they spoiled Celta Vigo's return to the Primera Division with a 1-0 win at Balaidos.
Fabrice's goal saw him become the youngest goalscorer in Primera Division
history, Malaga confirmed on their website. At 16 years, three months and six days old, the Cameroon-born striker also was also Malaga's youngest-ever debutant.
Enrique de Lucas had wasted a number of chances to take the lead for the hosts,
back in the top flight after five years, early in the second-half as the former
Chelsea midfielder was twice denied by fine saves from Will Caballero and also
chipped wastefully wide when clean through on goal.
Manuel Pellegrini's changes gave Malaga an extra gear and two of the subs
combined for the goal seven minutes from time as Diego Buonanotte got to the
by-line and cut the ball back for Olinga to bundle into the empty net off his
Celta should still have snatched a point in stoppage time but Gustavo Cabral
somehow smashed the ball against the bar when presented with an open goal to
leave the Galicians empty handed.
Malaga's financial difficulties over the summer meant they lined-up with no new
faces, but that continuity from last season appeared to give them the advantage
in the early stages as they started brightly.
Javi Varas had to be alert to turn away Joaquin's free-kick and Isco should
have scored on 20 minutes when he blazed over after more good work down the
right from Joaquin.
Slowly though Celta started to work their way into the game and could have been
ahead themselves before the break as Andres Tunez headed a good chance wide and
Alex Lopez saw his fierce effort deflected just over.
De Lucas then had three clear openings within the first eight minutes of the
second period but Caballero stood tall to block his first two efforts before
doing just enough to put the Celta midfielder off and he flicked his third
opportunity just wide.
Olinga appeared to have wasted his chance for glory with 13 minutes remaining
when Isco's thunderous shot rocketed off the crossbar and fell perfectly for the
Cameroonian only for him to scoop the ball harmlessly over.
However, six minutes later Olinga was on hand to turn the ball in when
Buonanotte pulled it back into the danger area after the youngster's original
effort had come off the post.
Celta desperately pushed forward in search of an equaliser and they should have
found it in the dying seconds when De Lucas' clever backheel picked out Cabral
inside the area but the centre-back went for power rather than precision and his
effort bounced off the bar and away to safety.