Sunday March 18, 2012 Day 28 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 1 - 1 Málaga CF

  • Benzema 35’
  • Cazorla 90’

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  1. Malaga hold wasteful Real

    Malaga hold wasteful Real

    Malaga stole a late draw at the Bernabeu after a wasteful Real Madrid performance in which the home side failed to take their chances. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Málaga CF
    • Malaga's players are celebrating as if they'd won, but it was a good point for them as Real fail to win for the first time in several league games. They remain eight points ahead of Barcelona but, given they started the weekend 10 in front, they'll be disappointed
    • FT: Real 1-1 Malaga.
    • 90' Unsurprisingly, Mourinho's visibly upset...
    • 90' 1 minute of stoppage time remains...
    • 90' Real 1-1 Malaga! What a goal from Cazorla, he couldn't have hit that any better! The club's record signing hasn't impressed from his set-pieces until now but he masterfully curled his free-kick into the top right corner. Even a 'keeper as accomplished as Casillas couldn't keep that out. Superb
    • 90' Malaga free-kick, shooting range. Cazorla to take...
    • 89' Close there from Callejon! His shot was blocked from in front of the goalline after Willy could only clear Marcelo's cross as far as the striker
    • 87' Pepe booked for timewasting when needlessly kicking the ball away, Naive from him, if not unsurprising
    • 86' Real now wasting time. Not a vintage performance but a win will regardless satisfy them
    • 85' Double substitution from Real... Granero and Higuain on, Ozil and Benzema off
    • 84' Eliseu with another poor cross. He keeps making the right runs but really needs to improve on his final ball
    • 83' Another good save by Willy! Khedira shot from distance but the 'keeper dived well to palm it away
    • 82' Woeful play by Seba. His touches were shocking when trying to control the ball, and again when trying to dribble past Marcelo, when in a dangerous position. Waste of a good chance
    • 82' Malaga again with the ball at the back. Still plenty of time for an equaliser
    • 81' Malaga free-kick near the halfway line after Callejon ran into Eliseu. Granero set co come on...
    • 78' Frustrating play from Benzema; he, Ronaldo and Marcelo were countering, with Ronaldo in possession and waiting for the others to make the right runs. First he was in an offside position and then he stood in front of Ronaldo, leaving the Portuguese without a suitable option. If Real concede a late equaliser they've only themselves to blame for not taking their chances
    • 77' Real clear comfortably. Now a Malaga goal kick after another overhit pass
    • 76' Malaga free-kick on the edge of the box after Alonso's foul. Crossing range, however, not shooting
    • 75' Real again happy just to keep possession. They don't look as good or fluent as Barca when doing so, but they're clearly still several levels above Malaga
    • 74' Ronaldo offside according to the linesman but that seemed harsh - he looked on. Nice through-ball by Benzema towards Ronaldo, however
    • 73' Joaquin off, Seba on. Malaga introduce another striker, clearly looking for an equaliser. Another positive move by Pelligrini
    • 72' Free-kick from shooting range for Malaga...
    • 71' What a miss by Benzema! Great play by Ozil, whose square ball landed right in front of Benzema, before the striker wastefully hacked the ball wide. Wasteful, particularly when he rivals Higuain for a starting spot
    • 69' Callejon unlucky there with a decent diving header! Was possibly going wide by Monreal had the last touch and Real are unlucky not to be given a corner. Malaga goal kick
    • 69' Ronaldo caught offside in what could have been a good opportunity. Malaga free-kick
    • 67' I'm quite surprised by that; Ozil has been rather average tonight while Kaka's impressed, it'd have been better to take the German off. Still, Mourinho clearly wants another goal and Callejon's capable of getting it
    • 67' Kaka off, Callejon on
    • 66' Callejon ready to come on...
    • 65' Headed clear by the Malaga defender after Ronaldo's cross. Real not as clinical as they tend to be so far tonight. Don't forget they're currently on course to be the most prolific team over the course of a season in quite some time
    • 64' Real now breaking with Marcelo and Ronaldo...
    • 63' Khedira booked for fouling Eliseu. Free-kick to Malaga
    • 61' Corner comes to little before Kaka sluggishly shoots over. Goal-kick to Malaga
    • 60' What a save by Willy! A superb through-ball towards Ronaldo gave Real's star man a great goalscoring opportunity. He connected well with the ball but Willy dived well to turn the ball around the post. Real corner...
    • 59' Superb defending from Monreal; the defender denied Benzema a simple tap in by clearing the ball after a good run and square ball from Kaka. Malaga still in this...
    • 58' Van Nistelrooy on and Iliseu on... (Van Nistelrooy warmly welcomed by the home crowd)
    • 57' Van Nistelrooy's warming up and looks ready to come on...
    • 56' Ozil wasteful in possession; the German midfielder overhit his cross towards Ronaldo and the winger subsequently couldn't control the ball. Malaga goal kick
    • 55' Both sides are showing great patience in possession. Real obviously remain capable of exploding and creating opportunities but there's currently little in the way of a goal threat
    • 53' Marcelo fouled; Sanchez is booked. It was a simple, heavy challenge, nothing more
    • 51' Distasteful from Benzema; he had a great goalscoring opportunity - and also could have squared to Ronaldo - but took too many touches and was tackled by Wellington. It was a good challenge by the defender but Benzema fell dramatically and tried to win a penalty. Fortunately he was ignored
    • 50' Wasteful there from the away side. Monreal overhits a forward pass and gifts possession to Real in the form of a throw-in
    • 49' Malaga currently retaining possession in midfield...
    • 47' Another goal from Real surely ends this? Saying that at two goals may seem premature, but given their ability to counter...
    • 46' Instant threat by Real! A delightful through-ball by Marcelo just evades Benzema but that was genuinely dangerous
    • 46' Real kick-off and instantly play the ball towards the back...
    • The teams are back out for the second half...
    • Feel free to tweet your thoughts on the game to @decwarrington. I suspect more goals will follow from Real...
    • HT: Real 1-0 Malaga
    • 45' Casillas is a lucky man! The 'keeper missed the ball when aiming to punch clear but his error went unpunished as Real cleared
    • 45' Malaga free-kick. One last chance?
    • 45' They're still patient in possession, albeit in Malaga's half, but still with little apparent threat
    • 44' Real now with the ball at the back. They're currently playing very patiently and are happy to retain the ball
    • 42' Poor free-kick, taken far too quickly by Ronaldo and hit straight against the wall
    • 41' Free0kick to Real after Benzema is fouled (which probably did him a favour, he was going nowhere). Shooting range
    • 41' Malaga taking their time in possession around the halfway line; presumably they're content not to concede again before half time
    • 39' Real are visibly more relaxed now and teasing Malaga somewhat on the ball. Nothing came of that particular move but with greater urgency it could well have done
    • 36' A goal out of nothing (at least out of little), to be fair, but it's tough to see where Malaga go from this. It's never easy against Real, but their tactics have been to stop the home side and would have intended to nick a goal from somewhere and defend it, which they now cannot do. Probably the first a few more goals...
    • 35' Real 1-0 Malaga! Cruel on Malaga but that goal shows what quality Real truly have. Ronaldo crossed superbly from the left wing, which took Willy out of position, leaving Benzema with a simple nod in at the far post.
    • 33' Malaga again proving wasteful in the final third and are guilty of looking for one pass too many when the better option would be to shoot. I expect they'll later regret this
    • 32' Ronaldo went for goal but his effort flew well over. Bereft of threat the moment the ball left his foot
    • 32' Free-kick to Real, potentially from shooting range...
    • 31' It has to be said former Real manager Manuel Pellegrini has thus far got his tactics right; Malaga are making Real work and proving capable of frustrating them
    • 30' Real again probing on the edge of Malaga's penalty area but, rightly, remain patient
    • 28' That's the closest Real have yet got: Benzema, playing with such confidence, shot from inside the penalty box and tried to curl the ball from the left into the bottom right corner. His effort went just wide but it was still well executed. Somewhat surprising this fixture remains goalless
    • 27' Ronaldo, unsurprisingly, is again the man in question! The winger went down following Demichelis' challenge and again probably deserved a free-kick but again didn't do it. Mourinho's also clearly unhappy
    • 26' Good play by Real; they're keeping possession really well on the edge of their own penalty box with Marcelo, Khedira and Ramos effortlessly stroking the ball to each other
    • 25' Ronaldo's appealing for a penalty after a strong challenge - perhaps he deserves one - but his appeals are being waved away. Willy now in possession
    • 23' Malaga currently down to ten men... Sanchez tackles Kaka well on the edge of the area but in doing so gives Real a corner which Willy punches clear
    • 21' Ronaldo and Wellington currently down in pain; Wellington probably worse off. The ex-Manchester United man slipped when chasing the ball and knocked Wellington over; the Malaga man's knee buckled and could well be seriously injured
    • 20' Poor there from Kaka! The Brazilian was countering, with Benzema and Ronaldo to aim for, and wrongly chose to pass to Benzema and executed his pass poorly. Too close to Willy and the 'keeper collects
    • 18' Malaga again have possession. They've impressed so far; they need to be more clinical in the final third but they're not letting Real build any momentum and the home side are finding it difficult to get out of their own half.
    • 18' But he shoots at the wall and Real manage to clear.
    • 17' Diarra fouls Demichelis on the edge of the area. Free-kick to Malaga in a dangerous area; record-signing Cazorla to take
    • 16' Nice defending again from Ramos, heading Cazorla's free kick out for a corner
    • 15' Another good chance there for Malaga - Casillas has shown his displeasure at that! It was actually a poor effort by Isco after he had plenty of time and space in Real's area with which to shoot but his effort went well wide. Real let off
    • 13' Good defending there by Kaka, perhaps surprisingly. Joaquin, on the right wing, was looking to create space and cross but the Brazilian read him and calmly tackled to win possession
    • 13' In a surprise movement, Ozil poorly curls the ball against Malaga's wall. How frustrated Ronaldo will be
    • 11' Isco fouls the attacking Diarra on the edge of the area. Real free-kick; no surprises about who wants to take it...
    • 11' It was Sami Khedira who blocked his effort. Only 11 minutes in but several scoring opportunities already
    • 10' Unlucky again for Benzema; the striker headed goalwards following a corner but his effort appeared to get blocked by another Real player
    • 9' Well defended by Ramos and Pepe; Cazorla perhaps should have shot as he approached Real's goal but opted to go for the through-ball which was read by the two defenders and calmly collected
    • 7' That's why Real paid so much to sign Xabi Alonso; superb play from the midfielder as he strokes the ball out to the left wing from what looked like an unthreatening position
    • 7' Real now with the ball at the back...
    • 6' Now it's Real's turn to go close: Ronaldo is just prevented a goal after Willy rushes out to block his goalbound effort following a great chip into the area by Mesut Ozil
    • 5' Good early threat now by Malaga! Cazorla superbly linked up with Rondon, playing the striker into the penalty area who in turn shoot goalwards towards the bottom right. Casillas was alert, however, and palmed the ball to safety
    • 4' Malaga are currently happy to keep the ball at the back but Benzema is pressuring them in possession
    • 2' Nice catch by Willy; had to be alert there after Diarra's cross was superbly turned towards goal by Benzema. Justifiying his starting position over Higuain already, it seems, after dangerously chipping the ball goalwards.
    • 2' Real have already won possession. They're tentatively probing around the edge of the penalty area with Marcelo and Ronaldo but they'll take any chance that is presented
    • 1' We're underway. Malaga kick off. Will Real show any signs of fatigue from their midweek Champions League win, or will their momentum carry them through?
    • 20:30 The teams are out on the pitch then, kick off is imminent...
    • 20:28 Interestingly, Ruud van Nistelrooy remains on the bench against former side Real, but he could very easily play; he's a good impact sub. Joaquin, meanwhile, appears against Jose Mourinho; the Portuguese was once interested in bringing him to Chelsea (though eventually signed Shaun Wright-Phillips...)
    • 20:28 Karim Benzema gets the shout over Gonzalo Higuain, while Lassana Diarra looks set to start at right back. Kaka, Ozil and Ronaldo play together in the absence of the injured Angel di Maria so you can expect lots of flexibility behind Benzema.
    • 20:24 REAL MADRID: Casillas; Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Lass; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Kaká, Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema SUBS: Adan, Arbeloa, Carvalho, Sahin, Granero, Higuain, Callejon /// MALAGA: Willy, Weligton, Demichelis, Camacho, Joaquín, Cazorla, Mathijsen, Monreal, S. Sánchez, Isco, Rondón SUBS: Kameni, Jesús Gámez, Van Nistelrooy, Seba F. M., Maresca, Duda, Eliseu
    • 20:19 Obviously all eyes remain on the title race between Real and Barcelona, and with Barca beating Sevilla last night, there'll be plenty eager to see if Real slip up and give the current champions a chance to genuinely get back into it. Team news on the way...
    • 20.15 Evening all. I'll (Twitter - @decwarrington) be taking this evening's minute-by-minute on this evening's La Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Malaga.
  • Summary

    • 90' Real 1-1 Malaga! What a goal from Cazorla, he couldn't have hit that any better! The club's record signing hasn't impressed from his set-pieces until now but he masterfully curled his free-kick into the top right corner. Even a 'keeper as accomplished as Casillas couldn't keep that out. Superb
    • 71' What a miss by Benzema! Great play by Ozil, whose square ball landed right in front of Benzema, before the striker wastefully hacked the ball wide. Wasteful, particularly when he rivals Higuain for a starting spot
    • 60' What a save by Willy! A superb through-ball towards Ronaldo gave Real's star man a great goalscoring opportunity. He connected well with the ball but Willy dived well to turn the ball around the post. Real corner...
    • 35' Real 1-0 Malaga! Cruel on Malaga but that goal shows what quality Real truly have. Ronaldo crossed superbly from the left wing, which took Willy out of position, leaving Benzema with a simple nod in at the far post.
    • 28' That's the closest Real have yet got: Benzema, playing with such confidence, shot from inside the penalty box and tried to curl the ball from the left into the bottom right corner. His effort went just wide but it was still well executed. Somewhat surprising this fixture remains goalless
    • 15' Another good chance there for Malaga - Casillas has shown his displeasure at that! It was actually a poor effort by Isco after he had plenty of time and space in Real's area with which to shoot but his effort went well wide. Real let off

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  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Málaga CF

    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

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