Real beat Malaga

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Real Madrid hung on to third place in Spain's La Liga after coming from behind to beat Malaga 2-1 at home.

Real beat Malaga

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Real Madrid were looking to keep up the pressure on second-placed Valencia, when they hosted lowly Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. The Spanish giants weren't expecting the league's bottom club to cause them any problems, but that's exactly what Malaga did. The visitors created the first goal scoring opportunity in just the third minute, with Manu Sanchez shooting wide with the Real goal at his mercy. Real's response arrived in the form of a Roberto Carlos long-range thunderbolt, which Malaga goalkeeper Francesc Arnau did well to keep out. Malaga, though, refused to be intimidated and took the lead on 22 minutes due to a combination of some slick passing and sloppy Real defending. Antonio Lopez skipped past Cicinho on the left flank and when his cross wasn't dealt with by the Real defenders, Ricardo Bovio was on hand to fire home the loose ball. To their credit, Real hit back to create a string of opportunities almost immediately. First, Robinho hit the crossbar with a volley from a David Beckham free-kick and then the wasteful Antonio Cassano squandered two glorious chances - both from just a few yards out. The Italian striker had a woeful evening in front of goal and eventually paid for it by being replaced in the second half. Real showed more purpose after the break and the introduction of Zinedine Zidane off the substitute's bench seemed to make a difference. The home side drew level in the 67th minute.Captain Raul was brought down in the penalty area by Malaga defender Carlos "Litos" de Oliveira and Zidane stepped up to score with the resulting spot kick. Thereafter, both sides had opportunities to win the match, before Real did eventually produce a winner in the 90th minute. Defender Sergio Ramos popped up in the penalty area to head home a Cicinho pass, after Guti had started the move. Real were able to escape with a 2-1 victory which kept them in third place in the standings, two points behind Valencia, who beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Sunday. Malaga are staring relegation in the face after their defeat at the Bernabeu and are now eight points adrift of Cadiz at the bottom of the table. (AP)



Topics : Football Real Madrid
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