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Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos scores against Malaga
Sergio Ramos' second took his tally to six La Liga goals this season - his highest league tally in a single campaign

Skipper Sergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid recovered from back-to-back defeats by edging past mid-table La Liga rivals Malaga at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both missed clear chances, while Malaga's Chory Castro hit the post, before centre-back Ramos planted in a free header from Luka Modric's corner.

Ramos netted again shortly before half-time when he slid in another set-piece - despite appearing to stray offside following Toni Kroos' delivery.

Malaga replied through Juanpi's thumping 15-yard drive, but it was not enough to avoid a fifth straight defeat.

The 13th-placed visitors, who have now not won in eight, failed to build on their foothold in the game and rarely looked like stunning the home crowd with an equaliser.

Madrid looked likelier to kill the game off in the closing stages, Ronaldo hitting the base of the post with an angled drive.

However, they more than deserved to move four points clear of second-placed Sevilla, despite not adding a third.

Sevilla travel to bottom club Osasuna on Sunday (11:00 GMT) while Barcelona, a point further back in third place, go to ninth-placed Eibar (19:45).

We need more affection - Zidane

Zinedine Zidane's side were looking to avoid a third straight defeat after seeing their 40-match unbeaten run ended by successive losses at Sevilla and Celta Vigo.

And they produced a functional, if far from vintage, display against a struggling away side expected to offer little resistance.

A nervy atmosphere engulfed the Bernabeu at various stages of Saturday's match, with home fans heard jeering their players - notably Ronaldo and Benzema - as they failed to hit their usual high standards.

Club legend Zidane, who has lost just two of 38 league games since replacing Rafa Benitez last January, urged supporters to show more understanding with his players.

"Our fans are always very demanding, but sometimes the players and coaches need more affection," said the Frenchman.

"When we have difficulties, we need the fans to be calm and support the team."

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in 14 league appearances this season

Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo has struggled to make an impact in the past three matches, in which France striker Benzema has failed to score.

Zidane also saw left-back Marcelo limp off in the first half, joining a growing injury list that also includes Wales forward Gareth Bale, centre-back Pepe and right-back Dani Carvajal.

"Karim and Cristiano might not have scored in recent games, but I'm not worried," he added.

"It's not the form of the attackers which worries me at the moment, it's the injuries."

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 6Nacho
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forIscoat 25'minutes
  • 19ModricSubstituted forKovacicat 78'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 37mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 17VázquezBooked at 85mins
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 82'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 18Mariano
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
  • 23Danilo

Malaga

  • 1Kameni
  • 18Rosales
  • 29Muñoz
  • 4Villanueva
  • 7Pérez LópezBooked at 39minsSubstituted forDemichelisat 73'minutes
  • 6CamachoBooked at 78mins
  • 14García del Pozo
  • 10Añor Acosta
  • 31Fornals
  • 11CastroSubstituted forRodríguez Menéndezat 67'minutes
  • 16PeñarandaSubstituted forSantosat 79'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 3Demichelis
  • 8Santos
  • 13Boyko
  • 17Barbosa Valente
  • 20Gontán Gallardo
  • 21Rodríguez Menéndez
  • 39Ontiveros
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
68,708

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamMalaga
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Málaga 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Málaga 1.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

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

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

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

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

Foul by Roberto Rosales (Málaga).

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jony (Málaga).

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luis Muñoz (Málaga).

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

Foul by Pablo Fornals (Málaga).

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

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

Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Luis Muñoz.

Booking

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Michael Santos (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

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

Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Michael Santos replaces Adalberto Peñaranda.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic replaces Luka Modric.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Isco.

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

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Carlos Kameni.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Martín Demichelis replaces Juankar because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 21st January 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid18134148173143
2Sevilla18123338221639
3Barcelona18115247173038
4Atl Madrid18104432141834
5Real Sociedad1810263025532
6Villarreal1987426141231
7Ath Bilbao188462219328
8Celta Vigo188372932-327
9Eibar187562524126
10Espanyol196852526-126
11Las Palmas196762830-225
12Alavés195861720-323
13Malaga195682733-621
14Real Betis186392030-1021
15Valencia185492833-519
16Dep La Coruña194782429-519
17Leganés194691531-1618
18Sporting Gijón1833121937-1812
19Granada1917111642-2610
20Osasuna1816111738-219
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