BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Brown Ideye was whisker close to breaking his Malaga dock in their 1-0 home loss to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The Nigeria striker, who last week joined the La Liga strugglers on loan from Chinese Super League side Tiajin Teda, had his acrobatic effort from an offside position denied by the woodwork, a moment after directing his header wide after cleverly finding some space in the box.
Antoine Griezmann’s 40th minute strike gave the Los Rojiblancos victory that took them one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League next season. It has kept their near two-month unbeaten run in La Liga intact and has also increased their lead over Valencia in the table to 12 points.
Griezmann reacted the quickest from Saúl Ñíguez’s deflected effort to dink the ball over Roberto and give Diego Simeone’s side some early breathing space.
Isaac Success, who also joined the club on loan from Watford last week was not listed for the match, as he has yet to achieve match fitness.