Deportivo beats Malaga 1-0 for 1st win in 2 months
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Deportivo La Coruna beat visiting Malaga 1-0 thanks to Luis "Pizzi'' Afonso's second-half goal, giving new coach Domingos Paciencia a victorious debut in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Deportivo's first victory in over two months was only its third in 18 rounds. But it was good enough to provisionally pull it out of last place before fellow bottom dweller Osasuna played Sevilla later.
Deportivo outplayed fourth-place Malaga throughout, with only goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the woodwork keeping the hosts scoreless until Pizzi broke through in the 57th minute.
Pizzi, who hit the upright earlier, dribbled into the area and wrong-footed defender Martin Demichelis before firing off the inside edge of the post.
Paciencia replaced Jose Oltra last Sunday.