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Real Madrid 3-2 Malaga

Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's goal was his third this week after two against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late winner as Real Madrid moved seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona with an unconvincing win over Malaga.

Ronaldo tucked away the rebound after his 76th-minute penalty had been saved by Malaga goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez.

Real had twice thrown away a lead as the visitors cancelled out first-half goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro.

Zinedine Zidane's side dropped to fourth on goal difference after Atletico Madrid beat Levante 5-0.

Both sides are three points behind second-placed Valencia who host leaders Barcelona on Sunday.

Ronaldo's goal was just his second in La Liga this season and the Portuguese forward had been frustrated for the much of the game before his winner with Roberto making two excellent saves to deny him in the first half.

He hit the crossbar with a header in the ninth minute but Benzema tapped into the empty net for the opener from two yards.

Nine minutes later Malaga striker Diego Rolan capitalised on some poor defending from the La Liga champions to equalise before Casemiro headed in Toni Kroos' corner shortly after.

But in the 59th minute Malaga equalised again as Real Madrid's goalkeeper Kiko Casilla could only parry Gonzalo Castro's low shot from distance into his own net.

That left Real facing the prospect of dropping points for the sixth time this season until former Leicester defender Luis Hernandez barged over Luka Modric in the box for the late penalty.

Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro both scored twice for Atletico, after a Roberto Suarez Pier own goal, to give Diego Simeone's side their biggest win of the season so far.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3Vallejo
  • 5Varane
  • 12MarceloBooked at 45mins
  • 14Casemiro
  • 17Vázquez
  • 8KroosSubstituted forHernándezat 81'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forModricat 62'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMayoralat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 10Modric
  • 15Hernández
  • 18Llorente
  • 21Mayoral
  • 23Kovacic
  • 24Ceballos Fernández

Malaga

  • 1Jiménez
  • 18Rosales
  • 4Hernández
  • 3González Polanco
  • 7PérezSubstituted forBaysseat 36'minutes
  • 20Gontán GallardoSubstituted forAñor Acostaat 66'minutes
  • 14García del Pozo
  • 8González MoralesBooked at 43mins
  • 11Castro
  • 16PeñarandaBooked at 29minsSubstituted forBastónat 61'minutes
  • 24Rolan

Substitutes

  • 5Rolón
  • 9Bastón
  • 10Añor Acosta
  • 17Ontiveros
  • 22Baysse
  • 25Prieto
  • 28Mula
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
75,671

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamMalaga
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Málaga 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Málaga 2.

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

Foul by Diego Rolan (Málaga).

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Borja Mayoral replaces Karim Benzema.

Hand ball by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Offside, Málaga. Gonzalo Castro tries a through ball, but Borja Bastón is caught offside.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

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

Offside, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal tries a through ball, but Lucas Vázquez is caught offside.

Offside, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Theo Hernández replaces Toni Kroos.

Offside, Real Madrid. Kiko Casilla tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Roberto Rosales (Málaga) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diego Rolan.

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Málaga 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Real Madrid. Luka Modric draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Luis Hernández (Málaga) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Borja Bastón (Málaga) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Diego Rolan.

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

Foul by Diego González (Málaga).

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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

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

Foul by Luis Hernández (Málaga).

Substitution

Substitution, Málaga. Juanpi replaces Keko because of an injury.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Keko.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Modric replaces Isco.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 25th November 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona1211103342934
2Valencia1293032112130
3Atl Madrid137602161527
4Real Madrid1383225111427
5Sevilla127141412222
6Villarreal126331912721
7Real Sociedad125342522318
8Real Betis135352327-418
9Celta Vigo135262419517
10Girona134541619-317
11Leganés13526912-317
12Getafe124441914516
13Levante133641420-615
14Eibar134271326-1314
15Espanyol12345915-613
16Ath Bilbao123361216-412
17Dep La Coruña123271523-811
18Malaga1321101128-177
19Alavés132011722-156
20Las Palmas122010830-226
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