Elliott Bretland for MailOnline

The La Liga campaign is finally underway but Malaga and Sevilla failed to score in the season opener at the La Rosaleda Stadium.

Malaga forward Charles did find the back of the net two minutes from time but saw the effort ruled out for offside.

Steven Nzonzi, signed from Premier League side Stoke, made his debut for the away side but was sent off after picking up two yellow cards. 

Steven N'Zonzi was sent off on debut for Sevilla having signed in the summer from Stoke

Steven N’Zonzi was sent off on debut for Sevilla having signed in the summer from Stoke

Nzonzi receives his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards on his La Liga debut

Nzonzi receives his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards on his La Liga debut

Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro shoots towards goal but his shot is blocked by Malaga's Marcos Angeleri

Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro shoots towards goal but his shot is blocked by Malaga’s Marcos Angeleri

Malaga forward Charles, pictured challenging N'Zonzi, had a goal ruled out for offside two minutes from time

Malaga forward Charles, pictured challenging N’Zonzi, had a goal ruled out for offside two minutes from time

The Frenchman was needlessly booked early for impeding a throw-in before a second yellow card for a foul in the 69th minute.

Earlier, Kevin Gameiro wasted his opportunity to prove he could lead Sevilla’s attack after Carlos Bacca’s departure for AC Milan by squandering three great chances in the first 20 minutes.

That may motivate Sevilla to sign another striker before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month. The club have been linked with a loan move for Juventus forward Fernando Llorente.

More to follow… 

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