Malaga beats Zaragoza 1-0 in Spain

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Malaga beat Zaragoza 1-0 thanks to Ignacio Camacho's second-half header on Saturday, keeping the Costa del Sol side undefeated in the Spanish league despite a tumultuous offseason and the exit of several key players.

Right back Eliseu Pereira capped his strong overall performance by directing a corner kick to Camacho, who headed in from the near post in the 56th minute.

"I think we had the clearest scoring chances," said Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini. "Eliseu had two or three clear ones and, as we expected, the match was decided on a set piece because the game lacked rhythm."

Also, Mallorca took the overnight lead of the Spanish league with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. Celta Vigo downed Osasuna 2-0, while Getafe drew 1-1 at Deportivo La Coruna.

Argentine forward Javier Saviola debuted for Malaga at the start of the second half after joining the club from Benfica. Malaga also brought in Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City and American center back Oguchi Onyewu from Sporting Lisbon late on Friday just before the transfer window closed.

The late reinforcements came after Malaga made it through the Champions League playoff round without several players it sold in the summer, including Santi Cazorla to Arsenal.

So far, the short-handed Malaga has not shown any signs of strain, displaying maximum efficiency by turning three goals into two wins and a draw in the domestic competition.

"We haven't had physical or mental problems," said Pellegrini. "I was worried our effort might slip, but the players showed that they have remained focused."

Mallorca showed more scoring intent than Sociedad throughout the match at Iberostar stadium, and its insistence paid off in the 75th when Victor Casadesus turned former Espanyol midfielder Javi Marquez's dipping cross into the net with a sharp header.

Mallorca's second home win in as many games lifted it top of the standings with seven points, ahead of Malaga on goal difference.

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