The A-League pre-season continued to pay off for European teams as Adelaide United were thumped by Malaga at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
The Spanish club dominated the match from beginning to end as Adelaide United never really looked in the match at all with Adelaide completely outplayed.
The Reds looked nervous as the match got started, perhaps overwhelmed by the much larger Adelaide Oval, compared to Hindmarsh Stadium, and Malaga had several early chances.
In the 18th minute that nervousness clearly came to the surface as Osama Malik made a horrendous mistake as Samu Castillejo's volley came over to Malik. That left Malik with a seemingly easy clearance, but he inexplicably headed the ball towards goal, beating his own keeper to hand Malaga a 1-0 lead.
Despite the horrible nature of the mistake, it seemed to galvanise Adelaide's defense who responded in the perfect fashion, holding out Malaga.
Despite that, Adelaide United looked relatively toothless in attack as Malaga constantly peppered the Adelaide United defense who held firm to the half to make it 1-0 at the break.
But that changed after half-time as Malaga came out all guns blazing after the break and doubled their lead just four minutes in to the second half with ten changes made by Malaga at the break.
Nigel Boogaard managed to make a clearing header but it only went as far as Pablo Perez, 25 meters out from goal, allowing him to control and shoot powerfully past Eugene Galekovic.
The punishment continued just moments later as it was 3-0 after Adelaide gave away a free-kick in a dangerous position, which allowed Luis Alberto to hit a curler that beat the wall and Galekovic.
Just before the hour mark Adelaide were able to pull one back as Bruce Djite was able to finally put away an opportunity for Adelaide.
In the 64th minute Malaga really put an end to the match as Juanmi was able to tap home a goal from a pass from Perez.
Juanmi was able to make it a brace just before full-time as he was able to tap home a brace to make it 5-1 for Malaga.