Spanish side Malaga defeated experienced European campaigners Panathinaikos 2-0 on Wednesday to edge closer to a much-needed, lucrative first appearance in the Champions League group stages.
Malaga's Portuguese midfielder Eliseu celebrates after scoring during their Champions League playoff first leg football match Malaga vs Panathinaikos. Malaga defeated Panathinaikos 2-0.
Malaga, who spent nearly 60 million euros ($74 million) on new players last year, have put the brakes on spending this summer and badly need the financial impetus the tournament provides.
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