Juanmi Jimenez came off the bench to rescue a point for 10-man Malaga who could only draw 1-1 against RCD Mallorca despite dominating much of the game on Saturday.
The 19-year-old fired home with 13 minutes to go after Tomer Hemed had headed in for the visitors after 67 minutes. Late on, Malaga’s Eliseu Pereira was red-carded after he lost his cool and threw an elbow at Tomas Pina.
Malaga may be in financial trouble following Qatari owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s plan to sell up, which has already seen them cash in on several stars like Santiago Cazorla and Salomon Rondon.
However, they still have a talented squad and their slick passing forced Mallorca to defend deeply.
Combining well, Diego Buonanotte and Francisco Portillo were causing Mallorca problems, but they lacked a cutting edge, with a 25m strike from fullback Nacho Monreal the only shot of note in the early stages.
Before the break, Seba Fernandez hit straight at Mallorca ’keeper Dudu Aouate and after the restart the game became more scrappy as Malaga appeared to run out of ideas.
Mallorca seized their opportunity with Hemed heading home an Emilio Unsue cross, but Juanmi kept his head to give Malaga a share of the spoils.
A second-half double from Imanol Agirretxe saw Real Sociedad come from behind to beat promoted RC Celta Vigo 2-1 and record their first win of the season.
Sociedad bounced back from their 5-1 mauling by Barcelona with Agirretxe hitting the back of the net on 53 and 60 minutes, after Celta surprisingly took the lead following the break through Quique De Lucas.
It was nothing more than the home side deserved after they hit the woodwork three times.
Inside the opening minutes Carlos Vela whipped in a cross that Agirretxe just failed to divert goalwards.
The hosts should have taken the lead after 16 minutes when Agirretxe met a corner well, but his header came back off the post and then Ion Ansotegi, with the goal gaping, saw his shot from close range clip the top of the crossbar.