- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

MALAGA, Spain (AP) - Malaga midfielder Juan Pablo Amor scored from outside the area to secure a 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league on Friday.

After receiving the ball on the edge of a packed area, Amor cut back to his left foot to open an angle and unleashed a curling strike into the corner for the 25th-minute winner.

Sporting substitute Carlos Castro hit the post in the visitors’ best chance with 15 minutes to play.

Malaga’s first victory in six rounds provisionally lifted it to eighth place.

“We knew that this game was vital because we needed the three points to get back on a winning path,” Amor said. “It wasn’t our best game, but we got the win.”

Sporting’s winless streak reached eight games as it stayed in the relegation zone.

“Our options are running out,” Sporting defender Alberto Lora said. “But this team is convinced that we can turn this around and avoid the drop.”

Leader Barcelona, which hosts Getafe on Saturday, has an eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid, which hosts Deportivo La Coruna.

Third-place Real Madrid visits Las Palmas in the Canary Islands on Sunday.

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