Malaga routs Granada 4-1 to move away from drop

JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press Published:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho scored two goals and earned a penalty for a third to lead his team's 4-1 win over Granada in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Malaga's first home win at La Rosaleda Stadium in five consecutive games lifted Bernd Schuster's side to 11th place -- a provisional eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Camacho headed Malaga ahead in the 14th minute from a set piece, and he followed with another headed goal from a corner kick in the 37th.

Youssef El Arabi had an opportunity to pull one back for Granada just before halftime but goalkeeper Willy Caballero saved his penalty kick.

Camacho was then fouled by Jeison Murillo, allowing Nordin Amrabat to convert the spot kick in the 50th.

Juan Jimenez netted a fourth for Malaga in the 74th before El Arabi got Granada's consolation goal four minutes later.

"We knew what was on the line, three important points against a direct (relegation) rival," said Camacho. "We are happy but it isn't over. We have to make sure we stay up as soon as possible."

Granada's third straight loss left it four points above the drop and in danger of slipping even closer to danger if Valladolid can take points against Valencia later.

Also, Sevilla hosts Espanyol and Getafe visits Elche.

Atletico Madrid leads the league by one point over Barcelona, with Real Madrid another two points behind.