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Sep 12, 2010

La Liga: Malaga beat Zaragoza in eight-goal thriller

Malaga stunned Real Zaragoza with a five-goal blitz in the opening 34 minutes of Sunday's game at La Romareda before withstanding a spirited fightback to claim their first win of the season.

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Malaga looked to be underdogs heading into the match having lost 3-1 at home to Valencia in their opening fixture and missing eight players through injury, but they could hardly have had a better start.

Fernando Fernandez and Juanmi put the Andalusian side 2-0 up in the opening seven minutes, before the same two players then notched their second goals inside 60 seconds of each other to make it 4-0 with just 28 minutes on the clock.

Former Arsenal player Owusu-Abeyie then made it 5-0 himself six minutes later, capitalising on an error from Jiri Jarosik on the halfway line to race away and slot home.

But to their credit hosts Zaragoza did not give up and they pulled a goal back before the break through Brazilian World Cup winner Edmilson, who curled a low 25-yard shot just inside the corner

Zaragoza then caused some consternation in the visiting side's ranks by netting twice more in the second half through Marco Perez and Ander Herrera, but they could make no further in-roads in the closing stages as Malaga held on to give new coach Jesualdo Ferreira his first victory.

Giuseppe Rossi bagged a brace as Villarreal thrashed sorry Espanyol 4-0 at El Madrigal.

Rossi gave the Yellow Submarine the lead midway through the first half and added his second 10 minutes into the second period from the penalty spot. By that time, Villarreal were already two up thanks to Borja Valero's strike after 31 minutes.

Nilmar, restored to the starting line-up after starting on the bench on the opening weekend, added a fourth late on and hit the post in the last minute as Villarreal overwhelmed their Catalan visitors.

Goalkeeper Manu played a starring role as Deportivo La Coruna somehow held firm for a goalless draw with Sevilla.

The 24-year-old prevailed in a running battle with striker Alvaro Negredo and also made brilliant saves to deny Martin Caceres and Diego Perotti.

And the away team could even have pinched all three points had Alberto Lopo not missed the best chance of the game in the second half.

Sporting Gijon beat Real Mallorca 2-0 at El Molinon on Sunday evening to seal their first win of the new Primera Division campaign.

Having began the season with a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid, the Asturians showed they are a completely different side at home, running out comfortable winners thanks to goals from Alberto Botia and Diego Castro.

Getafe bounced back from their defeat to Espanyol by comfortably winning 4-1 against troubled Levante.

The home side needed just five minutes to take the lead when Jaime Gavilan headed in Dani Parejo's cross, and it was 2-0 in the 11th minute when Adrian Colunga drilled in a low left-footed shot.

Raja Jorda pulled a goal back but Getafe struck twice in injury time at the end of the game through Gavilan and Javier Arizmendi.

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