Preview - Real Madrid vs Malaga 25 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 25, 2017, 09:29 PM

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Real Madrid vs Malaga

Real Madrid will hope to trim the 10-point deficit in the table. A win against Malaga will do the trick as Barcelona and Valencia do battle on Sunday.

It won't be that easy though as Malaga have a good record at Santiago Bernabeu, winning two of their past three meetings there.

Sergio Ramos (broken nose) and Gareth Bale (thigh) are back in training but will not feature in this match. Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic (both groin), however, are set to be involved.

Marco Asensio will not be risked due to a minor injury, while third-choice goalkeeper Luca Zidane remains out and Nacho is suspended for yellow-card accumulation.

Young right-back Achraf Hakimi has also been left out of the squad.

Malaga have their captain, Recio, back in contention.

Among coach Michel's unavailable players are defenders Miguel Torres and Federico Ricca and midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic.


Match Stats:

  • Real Madrid 3-2 Malaga
  • Shots: 17-7
  • Possession: 55%-45%
  • Corner kicks: 6-0

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.

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