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Malaga 0-1 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal stretched Real Madrid's unbeaten run to 30 matches as the La Liga leaders beat Malaga.

The Portuguese found space to shoot low into the net from inside the area as Real kept the pressure on their title rivals.

Carlo Ancelotti's men were not at their best but were rarely troubled by relegation-threatened Malaga.

Isco shot over for Real when through on goal in an uneventful second half.

The win keeps Real three points clear of city rivals Atletico Madrid, who beat Espanyol 1-0 later on Saturday.

Defending champions Barcelona are seven points behind Real but could reduce that deficit at home to Osasuna on Sunday.

Real have not been beaten since a 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp in October, a run stretching 30 matches in all competitions.

They entertain Schalke in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday, leading 6-1 from the first match.

After a quiet start, Ronaldo settled any nerves from the visitors with an impressive strike to take his goal tally in all competitions to 39 for the season.

The former Manchester United man wriggled his way past a couple of Malaga defenders before firing clinically into the net from inside the area.

He almost doubled Real's lead soon after, having a shot blocked by the outstretched leg of Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Real did suffer a blow before the break as France striker Karim Benzema limped off injured and they struggled to find their usual attacking rhythm.

Former Malaga midfielder Isco should have doubled the lead after the break but he shot over after being put clear on goal.

Line-ups

Malaga

  • 13Caballero
  • 15AngeleriSubstituted forEl Hamdaouiat 86'minutes
  • 5AntunesBooked at 19mins
  • 12TissoneSubstituted forPortilloat 68'minutes
  • 21Sánchez
  • 4Ferreira
  • 24García SánchezSubstituted forIakovenkoat 68'minutes
  • 6Camacho
  • 9Santa Cruz
  • 17Barbosa ValenteBooked at 61mins
  • 23Amrabat

Substitutes

  • 1Kameni
  • 7El Hamdaoui
  • 8Portillo
  • 10Iakovenko
  • 11Pérez
  • 20Casado
  • 26Juanmi

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 15Carvajal
  • 12Marcelo
  • 14Alonso
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 19ModricSubstituted forIllarramendiat 90'minutes
  • 23IscoSubstituted forJeséat 63'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forDi Maríaat 32'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 21Morata
  • 22Di María
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
29,265

Match Stats

Home TeamMalagaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1.

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Vitorino Antunes.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Francisco Portillo (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

Attempt missed. Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Mounir El Hamdaoui replaces Marcos Angeleri.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

Duda (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesé.

Attempt saved. Flavio Ferreira (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nourredine Amrabat with a cross.

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Pepe.

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Marcelo.

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

Marcos Angeleri (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Sánchez.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Flavio Ferreira (Málaga).

Attempt missed. Sergio Sánchez (Málaga) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francisco Portillo (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Francisco Portillo replaces Fernando Tissone.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Oleksandr Iakovenko replaces Samuel.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Xabi Alonso.

Offside, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Isco.

Booking

Duda (Málaga) is shown the yellow card.

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