- Real Madrid 2 Malaga 1
- Ramos grabs first half brace
- Juanpi pulls one back
- Hosts hang on for narrow win
Real Madrid began the match well and took a deserved lead through Sergio Ramos in the 35th minute, before the defender added a second eight minutes later.
However, the hosts lost a bit of concentration early in the second half, allowing Juanpi to pull a goal back for Malaga, but Real were ultimately able to hang on for the win.
Real Madrid made a fast start to the match and both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo went close inside the opening 10 minutes. The French striker hit the crossbar, while Ronaldo was denied by a fine save from Carlos Kameni.
It didn’t go all their way though and Chory Castro struck the post for Malaga, before then being denied by some good goalkeeping by Keylor Navas.
The home side then went ever so close to scoring with Lucas curling a beautiful shot towards the top corner. Real’s supporters had already started celebrating when Kameni got across to pull off a sensational diving save.
Malaga’s defending had been resolute throughout, but they were unable to hold on forever and they were eventually undone by a set piece. Toni Kroos delivered a wicked ball into the box and Ramos timed his jump to perfection to plant a powerful header into the back of the net to put Los Blancos 1-0 up in the 35th minute.
The same pair combined once again eight minutes later, this time Kroos lofted the ball in from a free kick and Kroos finished with aplomb to complete his brace and put the home side in a commanding position.
However, they seemed to completely switch off at half time and Malaga came out firing after the break.
Juan Carlos was denied by a good save from Navas, but he wasn’t able to hold onto the ball and the rebound fell for Juanpi, who blasted his side back into the game.
Moments later Navas was called into action again by Carlos as Real’s lead began to look severely under threat.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Los Blancos woke from their slumber and actually looked the most likely to score again late on in the game, but it finished 2-1.