Getafe hands Malaga 4th straight loss in Spanish league

MADRID (AP) Malaga's struggles in the Spanish league continued with a 1-0 loss at Getafe on Friday, extending the team's losing streak to four matches.

Malaga could drop to last place in the 20-team standings if Las Palmas earns at least a point at Girona on Saturday.

Malaga has only 11 points from 19 matches. It hasn't scored in four matches, losing the last three by 1-0.

"There are a lot of things we need to improve," Malaga forward Alberto Bueno said. "We need to win matches to regain our confidence. When we start scoring again it will be easier."

Juan Cala netted Getafe's winner with a 73rd-minute header, helping his team to reach eighth place with 26 points.

Barcelona leads the league with 48 points, nine more than second-place Valencia.

Defending champion Real Madrid is fourth, 16 points off the lead with a game in hand.

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Updated January 12, 2018

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