Joaquin believes Malaga still alive in UCL

Malaga winger Joaquin believes his side still have a chance of winning their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Porto despite trailing 1-0 on aggregate.

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By FOX Sports staff

Los Boquerones were surprisingly lacklustre on Tuesday as they were beaten by their Portuguese opponents at the Estadio do Dragao, courtesy of a second-half strike from Joao Moutinho which looked marginally offside.

Although he admits his side were far from at their best in the first leg, Joaquin believes Porto's failure to capitalise means they remain firmly in with a chance of overturning the deficit in the return leg at La Rosaleda on March 13.

"We didn't see the Malaga we're used to seeing on the pitch," he conceded.

"They [Porto] were very strong, aggressive and maintained a tight defence, which made it difficult for us to keep hold of the ball.

"However, despite the fact they dominated possession, they didn't create many opportunities to score and only got the one goal, which was actually offside."

Malaga are next in action this weekend when they entertain Real Betis in La Liga and the ex-Spain international believes his side must also concentrate on doing well on the domestic front.

"We can't undermine the importance of the league as it's the key to every other competition," Joaquin added. "It's a long road but we're performing well in league games.

"Betis have had a great season so far and will be fighting for the top spots until the end of the year, as they're very competitive and play great football."

The 31-year-old burst onto the scene during the 2002 FIFA World Cup when he starred for Spain but has struggled to rediscover his best form since leaving Betis to join Valencia in 2006, although he has shown positive signs since moving to La Rosaleda in the summer of 2011.

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