Madrid – Malaga’s Fabrice Olinga became La Liga’s youngest scorer at 16 years and 98 days old when his late goal earned a 1-0 win at promoted Celta Vigo in their season opener on Saturday.
The Cameroonian striker, from Malaga’s youth team, came on as a second-half substitute and bundled the ball in off his thigh from close range in the 84th minute.
Olinga passed Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain in the record books, Malaga said on their website (www.malagacf.com). Muniain was 16 years and 289 days old when he netted in La Liga in October 2009.
Sevilla and Real Mallorca took temporary charge at the top of the standings with 2-1 home wins over Getafe and Espanyol respectively.
Champions Real Madrid start their defence of the title at home to Valencia on Sunday and Barcelona’s new coach Tito Vilanova debuts when Real Sociedad visit the Nou Camp.
Celta had mounted a desperate late charge in front of their own fans and were unlucky not to take a point against Malaga when a shot that hit the bar bounced just short of the line.
The result is a boost for Malaga who, despite finishing fourth last season to earn a place in the Champions League playoffs for the first time, have suffered a troubled pre-season. (Reuters/NAN)