Málaga vs Real Madrid Match Preview
Barcelona and Sevilla’s matchup will end Saturday’s La Liga football show but in the penultimate fixture of the day, Real Madrid will lock horns with Malaga.
Real Madrid want to maintain their great form as they'll meet Malaga away from home in La Liga.
Malaga’s mission is to recover from the heavy damage they suffered in the hands of on-fire Levante. Last weekend, all went wrong for Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look team.
Despite enjoying 57% of ball possession, they succumbed to a first-half rout. Barkero, Juanlu and Arouna Koné each found the net to hand Malaga a resounding 3-0 defeat—their second of the La Liga campaign.
Considering Real Madrid’s current hot form, Malaga’s chances to win on Saturday may appear to be rather slim. However, they could still build on a number of factors to get their way through.
In the first place, Malaga have won the totality of their home matches in La Liga. Their record at La Rosaleda recalls that they’ve scored 8 goals and conceded only twice in 3 matches.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have some work to do away from home. They’ve been extremely inconsistent. In their first encounter away from the Bernabeu, they trounced Real Zaragoza 6-0 but their next trip turned out to be sour as Levante slapped them with a shocking 1-0 defeat.
Later, the Spanish giants got nothing more than a single point from a goalless draw as a reward for their uninspiring performance against Racing Santander. It’s only this month that Real Madrid bounced back from these unfortunate away results by condemning Espanyol to a 4-0 loss in Catalonia.
Having coached Real Madrid for a year, Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini should have an idea or two about Los Blancos’ tricks. With the experience of Santi Cazorla and former Real Madrid stars Julio Batista and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Los Boquerones could embarrass Jose Mourinho’s men.
But the skill of Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain, Özil and Kaka simply gives Real Madrid the edge ahead of this fixture. The Spanish giants aren’t contemplating the possibility of facing a goal drought after hitting 14 goals in their last 3 matches in La Liga. They are just thinking about maintaining the momentum all the way to glory.
Before a ball gets kicked at the Camp Nou this weekend, Real Madrid could rocket to the top of La Liga standings. But they’ll need to make of Malaga their next victims. Jose Mourinho’s men are currently on a high with 5 consecutive wins in all competitions. Can they stretch their record further?
Málaga vs Real Madrid Match Report
Real Madrid remain unstoppable for the time being. They’ve just beaten Malaga 4-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a great time at Malaga tonight, scoring a hat-trick.
The first important move occurred as early as inside the second minute of the game. It had Cristiano Ronaldo cutting inside the box after driving down the left wing.
The Portuguese superstar then went down but referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz waved play on. Sixty seconds later, Malaga also had a penalty shout denied as Joaquin fell under a challenge of Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira. In both circumstances, the match official certainly got his decision right.
The hosts seemed to manage the game well by getting possession of the ball in midfield. However, their tactics didn’t serve them for long.
After 11 minutes, Gonzalo Higuain broke the deadlock as he took the ball around Malaga’s goalkeeper Ruben. From that moment, Real Madrid completely controlled the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 3 goals in succession. The first of those came midway through the first period thanks to a fabulous cross by Di Maria. Ronaldo hit a brace 4 minutes later; his low shot reached the bottom corner of Malaga’s net.
The 26-year-old continued to haunt Ruben as the hosts played poorly. At the 38th minute, Malaga’s terrible defending allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to complete his hat-trick.
The Spanish giants went into the dressing room at the break with a 4-0 lead. With this satisfying result, Jose Mourinho only made his first substitution inside the 62nd minute with Özil replacing Kaka. 20 minutes from time, Gonzalo Higuain made way for Karim Benzema while Santi Cazorla and Joaquin left the pitch later on.
The second half produced no goals. The match finished 4-0 to Madrid.