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By James McMathBBC Sport
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema celebrates his goal against Malaga
Karim Benzama has scored 11 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions for Real Madrid this season

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a club-record 16th consecutive victory in all competitions.

The Portugal forward crossed for Karim Benzema to put Carlo Ancelotti's team ahead with a prodded finish at the near post.

Ronaldo then flicked a header on for Gareth Bale to seal the victory with a firm finish on the break.

Real's Isco was sent off for a second booking before Roque Santa Cruz headed in a late consolation goal.

The victory sees Ancelotti better the 15-match sequences achieved by Jose Mourinho in 2011 and Miguel Munoz in 1961.

Ronaldo, 29, has played an integral role in Real's recent run and he took his tally of assists to eight for the season to help end Malaga's unbeaten home record.

Real have reacted "with surprise" to suggestions made by Uefa president Michel Platini that Ronaldo does not deserve to retain the Ballon d'Or.

Platini has said the honour should go to a member of Germany's World Cup winning squad and Ronaldo played as if to prove a point.

Only a fine performance by Carlos Kameni in the Malaga goal prevented Ronaldo from having more assists and goal to show for his efforts.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has created seven goals in his last four league fixtures

Bale's low ball across the face of goal found Ronaldo but Kameni reacted to beat away the firm first-time shot but Malaga did not stay level for long.

Ronaldo made progress down the left with a succession of stepovers and his left-foot cross was met by Benzema at the near post for his eighth league goal of the season. Malaga felt Benzema had gained an advantage by pulling Weligton out of position immediately before the goal.

Malaga twice went close with long-range shots just before half-time.

Sergi Darder's volley slipped through Iker Casillas's grasp and went narrowly wide before Duda's free-kick clipped the crossbar with goalkeeper well beaten.

Malaga were indebted to Kameni again with 14 minutes remaining when he dived low to his right to save superbly from Ronaldo after the Malaga defence failed to cut out Bale's ball in from the left.

Real were beginning to look nervy in the closing stages but Bale settled the nerves by adding a second goal at the end of a searing counter-attack.

Ronaldo flicked on Marcelo's long pass from the back and Kameni had no chance of saving Bale's fierce right-foot shot.

Real were forced to hold on for the victory with 10 men when Isco was dismissed against his former club following a second yellow card with four minutes left.

Malaga took advantage of the extra body when Santa Cruz met Arthur Boka's cross from the left but it came too late to make a difference for the hosts.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
No other player has provided more assists than Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga this season
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored six goals in La Liga this season

Line-ups

Malaga

  • 1Kameni
  • 18Rosales
  • 21SánchezSubstituted forAngeleriat 67'minutes
  • 3Pena de OliveiraBooked at 90mins
  • 19Boka
  • 30DarderBooked at 30mins
  • 14García del PozoSubstituted forAñor Acostaat 78'minutes
  • 7García Sánchez
  • 17Barbosa ValenteSubstituted forda Luz Hortaat 65'minutes
  • 29Castillejo Azuaga
  • 9Santa Cruz

Substitutes

  • 5Antunes
  • 10da Luz Horta
  • 13Ochoa
  • 15Angeleri
  • 16Rescaldani
  • 22Romero Alconchel
  • 28Añor Acosta

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalSubstituted forVaraneat 85'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 80mins
  • 23IscoBooked at 86mins
  • 8KroosBooked at 43mins
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 11BaleSubstituted forHernándezat 89'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forIllarramendiat 73'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Nacho
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 36Llorente
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
29,025

Match Stats

Home TeamMalagaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home7
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Málaga 1, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Málaga 1, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Weligton (Málaga).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Málaga 1, Real Madrid 2. Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Arthur Boka with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Marcelo.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Gareth Bale.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Arthur Boka (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcos Angeleri (Málaga) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Juanpi (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Isco (Real Madrid) for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Samu Castillejo (Málaga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane replaces Daniel Carvajal.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Málaga 0, Real Madrid 2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a headed pass following a fast break.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Isco.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Weligton.

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