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Malaga 0-3 Forest

16 July 2018

Nottingham Forest ended their pre-season training camp in Spain in style with a 3-0 victory over Malaga.

Stunning strikes from Gil Dias and Ben Osborn had put The Reds in control in Marbella before Hillal Soudani struck to add gloss to the victory.

The Reds looked sharp in possession, but it was Jordan Smith in the Forest goal who was called into action first, tipping a close-range effort over the bar inside the first two minutes.

The openings were falling the way of the Spanish side as Juan Cruz flicked an effort over the bar minutes later and a superb last-ditch challenge by Osborn preventing Harper running through on goal.

Soudani had his first sighter of goal on 24 minutes as he fired wide following Osborn's pull back, but just after the half-hour mark The Reds took the lead through a moment of brilliance from Dias.

The winger, on loan from Monaco, picked up the ball some 35 yards from goal and twisted and turned through the Malaga defence, dribbling his way through on goal then calmly slotting past the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net.

Moments later and it could have been two as Lewis Grabban latched onto a poor backpass and saw his shot save, but Dias was on hand to fire the rebound goalwards which a Malaga defender cleared off the line, with Forest appeals for a handball falling on deaf ears.

Forest were in control of the game and on 63 minutes the second goal arrived via a thunderbolt from Osborn's right boot.

The full back played a one-two with Dias before letting fly on his weaker side, the shot arrowing into the top corner past the despairing dive of the keeper.

The third goal arrived two minutes later as Soudani got off the mark in the Garibaldi. The lively Dias nipped in front of a defender and the onrushing goalkeeper to touch the ball to Soudani and the Algerian fired the ball home into the empty net.

Aitor Karanka made a host of changes as The Reds looked to have the game wrapped up and the were able to see the game out comfortably and end their pre-season trip to Spain with a win.

Forest: Smith (Kapino 46'), Gabriel (Darikwa 75'), Lam, Ahmedhodzic, Osborn (Preston 83'), Watson (c) (Yates 75'), Bridcutt (Guedioura 75'), Dias (Lolley 75'), Carvalho (Appiah (75'), Soudani (Gonçalves 75'), Grabban (Gomis 83')

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