Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 3-1 Málaga

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has provided 14 assists in La Liga this season, his most in a single league campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 50th goal of the season to help Real Madrid beat Malaga and move to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo crossed for Sergio Ramos to put Madrid ahead but then hit the post with a second-half penalty.

Ronaldo was involved again as James Rodriguez made it 2-0 before Juanmi pulled a goal back for Malaga.

Ronaldo, 30, made it 3-1 from Javier Hernandez's low cross and has now hit 50 goals in his last five seasons.

Barcelona had moved five points clear at the top with victory over Valencia earlier on Saturday and Madrid were made to work for their win by a Malaga side chasing a Europa League spot.

The triumph came at a cost as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were forced off by injuries.

Wales forward Bale limped off in the fifth minute, while Modric was replaced after an hour.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored 13 La Liga goals for Real Madrid this season

It was a double blow for Carlo Ancelotti's team, who face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday.

Ramos' opener came as a result of some poor Malaga marking and the Spain defender was able to convert from Ronaldo's free-kick with a first-time shot,

Sergi Darder should have equalised but skewed his shot wide after Marcelo prodded clear from Arthur Boka.

Real had the chance to give themselves breathing room when Samu Castillejo chopped down Rodriguez in the penalty area but Ronaldo crashed his spot kick against the post.

The second arrived when Rodriguez played one-twos with Isco and Ronaldo on the edge of the Malaga box before rifling his 14th goal of the season into the top corner.

Juanmi set up a tense finish with a firm downward header from Roberto Rosales' cross but Ronaldo's moment arrived in the closing stages.

With Malaga committing numbers forward, Hernandez's pass released Rodriguez down the right and his low centre found the Portugal star unmarked eight yards out for an easy finish.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCarvajalat 76'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 23Isco
  • 19ModricSubstituted forIllarramendiat 60'minutes
  • 8KroosBooked at 81mins
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 11BaleSubstituted forHernándezat 5'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Borges
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 24Illarramendi

Malaga

  • 1Kameni
  • 18Rosales
  • 21SánchezBooked at 77mins
  • 15Angeleri
  • 19Boka
  • 30DarderSubstituted forBarbosa Valenteat 87'minutes
  • 14García del PozoSubstituted forTissoneat 75'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7García Sánchez
  • 2Amrabat
  • 29Castillejo AzuagaSubstituted forda Luz Hortaat 81'minutes
  • 11Juanmi

Substitutes

  • 9Javi Guerra
  • 10da Luz Horta
  • 12Tissone
  • 13Ochoa
  • 17Barbosa Valente
  • 23Torres
  • 24Filipenko
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
78,354

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamMalaga
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away26

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Málaga 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Málaga 1.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Rodríguez following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Málaga 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

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

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Málaga).

Attempt missed. Duda (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nordin Amrabat.

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

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

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

Foul by Duda (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Duda replaces Sergi Darder.

Booking

Fernando Tissone (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Fernando Tissone (Málaga).

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

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Tissone.

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

Dangerous play by Roberto Rosales (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Ricardo Horta replaces Samu Castillejo.

Booking

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Nordin Amrabat (Málaga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

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

Foul by Samu Castillejo (Málaga).

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.

Booking

Sergio Sánchez (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Sergio Sánchez (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal replaces Álvaro Arbeloa.

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

Foul by Fernando Tissone (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Fernando Tissone replaces Recio.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

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

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

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Málaga 1. Juanmi (Málaga) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Rosales with a cross.

goal

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