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Midfielder N’Zonzi, a close-season arrival at Sevilla from Stoke City, received two needless bookings in the second half of his first Liga appearance.
N’Zonzi’s second Nike Magista Obra FG Gold caution, earned for a cynical trip, came Magista Blue Cleat with 21 minutes remaining, meaning the visitor was forced to soak up some late pressure as Malaga sought to make its numerical advantage count.
However, the host was unable to do so and had to settle for a point.
Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro was guilty of missing three chances in the first half, but there was little in the way of goalmouth action after the break.
Unai Emery introduced new boys Yevhen Konoplyanka and Ciro Immobile in an attempt to sharpen up his attack, but Sevilla’s hopes of snatching all three points were dented by N’Zonzi’s dismissal.
Malaga’s Charles thought he had marked his La Liga debut for the club with a late winner, but the Brazilian’s close-range finish from Juan Carlos’s centre was correctly ruled offside.
Malaga coach Javi Gracia felt his side was incorrectly denied what could have been the match-winning goal when Charles’s late strike ruled out.
Gracia felt the officials had made a mistake, saying in his post-match press conference: “The goal Nike Magista Obra FG Black we scored should have been valid. It’s legal, he’s in line.”
Malaga had other chances to take the three points, with Charles missing a good opening in stoppage time, but despite not starting off with a win Gracia Nike Magista Obra
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He said: “Sevilla are a Champions League opponent and they are searching for that balance but we’ve had a fairly complete game.
“We’ve not scored any goals today and we’ve not conceded any, which you also have to take into account.”
Two-time reigning Europa League champion Sevilla came into the fixture on the back of two high-scoring matches – losing 5-4 to Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup and 6-4 to Roma in a trial – and it had chances to get on the scoresheet itself at La Rosaleda.
It could not make any of them count, though, leaving coach Emery believing a draw was the right result.
He said: “We have to say that a draw is fair.
“There were some Nike Magista Obra White positive things and other things not so much.
“The two starts of each half were good, they were minutes where chances to win passed in front of us.
“We didn’t take them and as time passed we lost control and they’ve got into our area without creating very clear chances, although they did get in there.”