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Málaga 1-1 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in five away La Liga games

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a disputed header and missed a penalty as Real Madrid drew at Malaga to trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by nine points.

After a quiet start, Real forward Ronaldo headed in Toni Kroos' free-kick despite looking offside.

He then had a penalty saved by Carlos Kameni after he was brought down.

Keylor Navas kept Real in the game with several fine saves but Raul Albentosa was unmarked at the back post to fire in the equaliser.

Both goalkeepers were in fine form but rather than view this as two points dropped, Real may look at the result as a point gained given the chances that fell to their opponents, who moved into the top half of the table.

The result matched the goalless draw that Javier Garcia's side achieved in the Bernabeu earlier in the season and although Zinedine Zidane's team temporarily moved into second, Atletico Madrid overtook them later on Sunday after a goalless draw with fourth-placed Villarreal.

The Madrid derby takes place at the Bernabeu next Saturday but Atletico also face a trip to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Ronaldo fortunate to break 'goal drought'

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga goal of the season

Ronaldo walked out of a midweek news conference ahead of Real's Champions League tie at Roma when he was asked about his record of not having scored away from home since 29 November.

But after scoring in the 2-0 win in Rome and at Malaga he answered those critics, although four league games without an away goal hardly constituted a drought.

He was fortunate not to be flagged offside when he nodded in the opener, his 34th goal of the season, and he made the most of the touch he drew from Weligton in winning the penalty.

Malaga will feel that justice was served when Kameni saved to his left, with the Cameroon goalkeeper also keeping out Ronaldo's near-post shot later in the game.

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane has six wins and two draws from his eight games in charge

Zidane watches shaky defence

Real were without the injured Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, in addition to the suspended Raphael Varane, and it was at the back that they looked most vulnerable, particularly with several dubious back-passes early on.

Keeper Navas came to the defence's rescue on a number of occasions, saving from Juanpi, Duje Cop and a deflected effort from Ricardo Horta.

A more ruthless attack would have punished those mistakes and although Zidane extended his unbeaten start at Real to eight games, a second draw could prove costly in the title race.

Line-ups

Malaga

  • 1KameniBooked at 90mins
  • 18Rosales
  • 2Albentosa
  • 3Pena de OliveiraBooked at 35mins
  • 23TorresBooked at 2mins
  • 28Añor AcostaBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBarbosa Valenteat 89'minutes
  • 14García del Pozo
  • 6CamachoBooked at 55mins
  • 10da Luz HortaSubstituted forFornalsat 63'minutes
  • 9Dias de Oliveira
  • 20CopSubstituted forSanta Cruzat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Uche
  • 13Ochoa
  • 17Barbosa Valente
  • 19Boka
  • 21Filipenko
  • 24Santa Cruz
  • 31Fornals

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 24mins
  • 19ModricBooked at 71mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 16Kovacic
  • 20JeséSubstituted forVázquezat 61'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forRodríguezat 75'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 10Rodríguez
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Vázquez
  • 23Danilo
  • 29Mayoral Moya
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
28,290

Match Stats

Home TeamMalagaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Málaga 1, Real Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Málaga 1, Real Madrid 1.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Charles (Málaga).

Booking

Carlos Kameni (Málaga) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Duda replaces Juanpi.

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Mateo Kovacic is caught offside.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roberto Rosales.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Weligton (Málaga) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Juanpi (Málaga) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Roque Santa Cruz replaces Duje Cop.

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

Foul by Duje Cop (Málaga).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Hand ball by Pablo Fornals (Málaga).

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Charles (Málaga) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Rosales with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Isco.

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

Foul by Duje Cop (Málaga).

Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Booking

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Ignacio Camacho (Málaga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic tries a through ball, but Isco is caught offside.

Offside, Málaga. Recio tries a through ball, but Charles is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Málaga 1, Real Madrid 1. Raúl Albentosa (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Weligton with a cross.

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juanpi.

Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Marcelo is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Pablo Fornals replaces Ricardo Horta.

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st February 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25203267204763
2Atl Madrid25174435112455
3Real Madrid25166371244754
4Villarreal25147430181249
5Sevilla25118636261041
6Celta Vigo2511593844-638
7Eibar2510694034636
8Ath Bilbao25105103535035
9Real Sociedad2596103534133
10Dep La Coruña2561453331232
11Valencia2571083026431
12Malaga2587102222031
13Real Betis2569101934-1527
14Getafe2575132639-1326
15Rayo Vallecano2567123451-1725
16Espanyol2574142248-2625
17Sporting Gijón2566132842-1424
18Las Palmas2556142440-1621
19Levante2555152445-2120
20Granada2555152651-2520
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