A fine goal from Juanpi proved enough for Malaga to record a 1-0 home win over struggling Sporting Gijon at El Rosaleda on Friday.

The deadlock was broken in the 25th minute when Juanpi produced a sublime finish from outside the area, the Venezuela international cutting back onto his left foot to send a curling shot beyond goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar.

The fine strike secured Malaga its first win in six outings, while the three points lift it into eighth place in the table.

Sporting, meanwhile, remains stuck in the relegation zone. A fourth straight loss leaves it in 19th place and it has now picked up just nine points since the turn of the year.

Its best chance of scoring an equaliser fell to  Carlos Castro with 15 minutes remaining, but the substitute hit the woodwork with his attempt.