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UD Las Palmas let two points slip away with only four minutes remaining (2-2)

A fantastic goal from Pejiño got the 19,162 spectators at Gran Canaria on their feet, but Málaga managed to equalize when the game was coming to an end.

UD Las Palmas lost the top spot in the standings this Saturday, drawing 2-2 at home against Málaga CF. The Gran Canarian players were ahead twice in the scoreline, but four minutes before the end, the Andalusians equalized for the final points split.

It was an up and down night. In only 4 minutes, UD Las Palmas took the lead thanks to a penalty converted by captain Jonathan Viera. The yellow team had started quickly and determinedly, forcing two corners in less than a minute and a half of play. Following VAR's intervention, which saw a defensive handball in the Naciente area, the referee awarded a penalty in the second corner.

The 1-0 lead had little effect on the players performance. Malaga goalkeeper Yáñez saved a shot from Pejiño, who had just finished another team play by the Gran Canarian forwards, in the ninth minute.

The following move on the scoreboard, however, was the equalizer. Again, VAR alerted the referee to a defensive foul, this time in the home area and involving Valles and Juande. Fran Sol converted the penalty to tie the game at 1-1 and bring the Andalusian goalie from La Rinconada's perfect streak to an end.

Things began again, but the yellow team's early enthusiasm faded throughout the course of the first half. These combinations did not result in shoots or hazardous situations for a competitor who had a second excellent chance before halftime, this time with a high shot from Fran Sol.

The first choice made by García Pimienta was a midfield substitution: Mfulu was replaced by Fabio, who had received a yellow card. The yellow team attempted to find the game's baton as well as a second goal. After the break, Andone was the first to try with a low shot that Yáñez controlled. Eventually, Pejiño finished a play started by Jonathan Viera by shooting over the crossbar.

In the 69th minute, Fran Pejiño struck again with a right-footed effort that Yáñez saved. The Barbate-born player had been persistent all night until, in the 74th minute, he gained space outside the area and blasted an unstoppable missile to put a lovely 2-1 on the board. The goal was enthusiastically celebrated by the 19,162 spectators because it meant retaining the top spot for one more matchday.

The game remained alive until the end. The 2-2 was a blow because it came a few minutes before the conclusion. Las Palmas went back in search of a third goal, which captain Jonathan Viera could have scored in the 92nd minute. But the goalkeeper Yáñez saved his shot, in a night with a notable performance for his team.

Match summary
UD Las Palmas
UD Las Palmas
LALIGA HYPERMOTION · M31
2
-
2
Estadio Gran Canaria
Málaga CF
Málaga CF
Line-ups
Á.valles photo
13Á.valles
Yáñez photo
13Yáñez
Cardona photo
03Cardona
17Delmas
Álex Suárez photo
04Álex Suárez
E. Burgos photo
20E. Burgos
E. Curbelo photo
06E. Curbelo
Ramalho photo
22Ramalho
Coco photo
23Coco
39Cristian82
A. Moleiro photo
10A. Moleiro72
Juande photo
05Juande
Loiodice photo
12Loiodice66
Ramon photo
06Ramon59
Jonathan Viera photo
21Jonathan Viera
07Lago Junior83
Mfulu photo
22Mfulu45
Febas photo
10Febas
Pejiño photo
24Pejiño
F. Villalba photo
21F. Villalba71
Andone photo
16Andone66
Fran Sol photo
09Fran Sol72
Substitutes
Francisco Javier García Pimienta
Sergio Pellicer
01A. Domínguez
M. Reina photo
01M. Reina
30J.cendón
J. Jiménez photo
03J. Jiménez
E. Clemente photo
05E. Clemente
Andrés photo
31Andrés
Lemos S. photo
14Lemos S.
Jozabed photo
19Jozabed59
Sidnei photo
18Sidnei
02Appiah72
Fabio photo
08Fabio45
Chavarria photo
12Chavarria
15Álvaro J.g.
Rubén Castro photo
24Rubén Castro71
O. Clemente photo
17O. Clemente72
26Alex Calvo83
Kirian photo
20Kirian
Issa Fomba photo
28Issa Fomba
25Kaptoum66
Loren photo
29Loren82
11Loren66
Goals
Jonathan Viera
4
(1 - 0)
(1 - 1)
Fran Sol (P)
18
Pejiño
74
(2 - 1)
(2 - 2)
Alex Calvo
86
Match officials
Jon Ander González Esteban
Referee
David Pérez de Colosia Alonso
Lineman#1
Aitor Moleón Cuenca
Lineman#2
Fulgencio Madrid Martínez
Fourth official
Gorka Sagués Oscoz
Video Assistant Referee
Víctor Areces Franco
Assistant VAR Official