Olinga is La Liga’s youngest scorer
Sixteen-year-old Fabrice Olinga made history on Saturday when he became the youngest ever player to score in La Liga, grabbing the only goal as Malaga clinched a 1-0 victory at promoted Celta Vigo.sports Updated: Aug 20, 2012 00:59 IST
Sixteen-year-old Fabrice Olinga made history on Saturday when he became the youngest ever player to score in La Liga, grabbing the only goal as Malaga clinched a 1-0 victory at promoted Celta Vigo.
The Cameroon-born forward came on as a 58th-minute substitute to make his league debut and got the 84th-minute winner as the new season got under way.
At only 16 years and 98 days, Olinga is 191 days younger than current Athletic Bilbao player Iker Muniain who had held the previous record for youngest scorer. Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini denied that the teenager's debut was a message to the club's owners who have been criticised for selling some of their best players over the summer.
"The debut was no intentional message, young players like him and Portillo and Juanmi have to get experience and in no way does it prove we are lacking resources in the squad," said Pellegrini.
Sevilla, Mallorca win
Federico Fazio and Alvaro Negredo grabbed first-half goals for Sevilla in a 2-1 home win over Getafe. Ex-Sevilla defender Alexis Ruano pulled one back for the club from the outskirts of Madrid but the hosts were stronger and deserved the points on a baking hot night in the southern city.
Centre-half Fazio gratefully headed home an Ivan Rakitic cross that Getafe keeper Carlos Moya was slow to deal with and four minutes later that lead was doubled. Controversy, however, surrounded the goal when it appeared that ex-Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes had dived to earn the penalty that Negredo converted. Getafe came out with more purpose in the second half and Alexis halved the deficit, heading home on 50 minutes.
In the late game, kicking off at an unprecedented 11pm local time, Israeli forward Tomer Hemed scored twice to help Mallorca beat Espanyol 2-1.
Hemed swivelled in the area before shooting the home side into a two-minute lead, before Ghanaian midfielder Wakaso Mubarak's equaliser for Espanyol four minutes later. The game never reached those heights until the 85th minute when Michael Pereira crashed a shot onto the bar and Hemed drove home the rebound for the winner.