MALAGA: Spain Under-21 star Isco produced some magical moments as Malaga sent Zenit St Petersburg packing 3-0 in a Champions League tie at Estadio La Rosaleda this morning.
The playmaker struck two of the goals with former Argentina international Javier Saviola scoring the other.The 20-year-old Isco was named as 'man of the match' for the cash-strapped Malaga, who convincingly dispatched the big-spending Russian giants, despite selling several key players over the summer."It was a perfect match, for me and all the team," said Isco."We acheived this result with the hard work we do every day. The coach gives us a lot of confidence, the team is united and this was the key to this victory."We know that we have to go game by game, step by step. And this shirt (from today) is for me - I don't want to give it away as a present," he said.Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini was keen to thank the fans for their support following the win and praised the spirit in his squad."I'm very happy with the support of our fans," Pellegrini told Canal+."During the first half, we've missed some opportunities and we let them create their own. It's important to get defensive security."We had not only good performances from Isco and Portillo, but from Camacho and our central defenders.Pellegrini also spoke of the difficult situation that the club have found themselves in, in recent months."This team have been suffering tough moments. I'm very happy with the spirit we showed," he said. "It was important for us not to let the project go down, and also for the club itself, and for the people too," said the Chilean.- mD
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