Malaga improved their chances of avoiding relegation while dragging RC Celta de Vigo into the relegation race with a 2-0 victory in the Spanish league on Friday.
Jose Camacho’s pair of first-half goals saw Malaga jump to 32 points — one behind Celta — to sit six points above 18th-place Real Valladolid and the relegation zone.
Duda set up Camacho’s first goal after the Portuguese winger picked up Celta goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez’s poor clearance in the 24th minute.
Camacho secured the important road win 10 minutes later after linking up with Duda again to nod a free-kick home at the near post.
Malaga played the final 25 minutes with 10 men after Duda lashed out violently at Celta midfielder Rafinha to earn a straight red card.
Friday’s match opened the 29th round of games in Spain, which is highlighted by today’s scheduled clasico between leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona. Barca could see their chances of retaining the domestic crown reduced with a loss at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Real Madrid lead with 70 points, Atletico are second with 67 points before today’s match at last-place Real Betis Balompie.
Barcelona have 66 points.
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