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22.12.2012 » Malaga 3-2 Real Madrid. The league is virtually over before Christmas

Cristiano Ronaldo disappointed and sad, after a Real Madrid loss in La Liga, in 2012-2013

Real Madrid suffered another loss in the Spanish League, this time against Malaga, by 3-2. José Mourinho gambled a bit when he decided to bench the team's captain, Iker Casillas, but the change didn't really benefit much the Merengues's defence. Real Madrid is now 16 points behind the league leaders Barcelona and 7 points below Atletico Madrid...

The last Real Madrid game in 2012 didn't held a very pleasant surprise for the Spanish champions, as they visited Malaga and got beaten by 3-2. Things don't seem to be peaceful at the Bernabéu for a while now and José Mourinho's decision of benching Iker Casillas for this game, will certainly keep feeding the rumors and suggestions that the dressing room's atmosphere has met better days in the past. On his post-match press conference, the Real Madrid manager assured that Casillas has been benched merely due to a technical decision, as he believes Adán is currently on a better form. As for the game itself, Malaga got the better of a close match and are now only 2 points behind Real Madrid, in La Liga standings.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Malaga vs Real Madrid
Malaga
3-2 Real Madrid goals and highlights:

The surprising news that have come out earlier this week, regarding Malaga's suspension from the European competitions next season, didn't seem to have played any negative effect in the home side, at least judging only by their performance this Saturday night. In the other hand, Real Madrid failed to impress once again, as they keep showing a lot of worrying defensive weaknesses.

The first half ended goalless, but it wasn't like Real Madrid didn't create good opportunities to score. Cristiano Ronaldo had at least a couple shots that could have easily gone in, but for one reason or another, the chances ended up being wasted.

The opener only came up in the beginning of the 2nd half and it was the home side who took the lead. Joaquín picked up the ball from a long cross and found Isco on the center more than ready to receive his pass. The Spanish rising star then succesfully striked the ball past Adán, who has been Real Madrid's goalkeeper this Saturday night, as a direct replacement for Iker Casillas.

Cristiano Ronaldo perfect ball control, with top notch technique, in a soccer game for Real Madrid in 2012-2013

The Merengues got back into the game on the 66th minute, from an awkward play that ended with a Malaga player scoring on his own net. Cristiano Ronaldo got involved in the set-up of the goal, as he was the one crossing a high ball towards Sami Khedira. The German midfielder then headed it forward to Karim Benzema, and even though the French striker didn't manage to turn around and finish it, his pressure has been crucial to force Sérgio Sanchez into making a big mistake by sending the ball back to his own net. All leveled up again, with plenty of time still left to be played...

Manuel Pellegrini's men would regain the lead shortly after though, and what stands out the most from the play that led to the goal was the extremely poor positioning from Real Madrid's defence. A low cross from the right found Joaquín completely unmarked on the first post, who then backheeled the ball but saw it being blocked by Adán. The ball rebounded to Roque Santa Cruz, who has been left alone and completely unmarked on the 2nd post, and only had to push the ball to an empty net, putting his side on the lead for the second time on the night.

Cristiano Ronaldo ironic reaction by raising his two arms when playing for Real Madrid, in 2012-2013

Malaga surprisingly extended the lead just three minutes later, from a well performed counter-attack that started on Joaquín's feet. The Spanish winger had a brilliant display this Saturday evening and assisted Roque Santa Cruz for the Paraguayan second goal on the night, as he managed to beat Adán again, this time with a low left-foot strike. Mourinho couldn't be pleased with what he was seeing on the pitch, but no matter what changes he made into the team, they simply didn't seem to produce any of the desired effects.

There would still be time for a small reaction from the Merengues, as Mesut Ozil picked up the ball from a wrong pass made by Malaga's midfielder Camacho, just before getting past one defender and assisting Karim Benzema for an easy tap-in at the second post. For a few instants it seemed that there was still hope for José Mourinho's men to turn around things in this game, but the truth is that nothing much would happen afterwards and the match ended with the 3-2 win for the home side. The Spanish League now returns on the 6th of January of 2013, with Real Madrid hosting Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabéu. Barcelona will go through this Christmas season knowing that they'll have a 16-points advantage over Real Madrid and 9 points over Atletico Madrid, who are still on second place.

Karim Benzema in action for Real Madrid, in 2012-2013

Real Madrid line-up vs Malaga:

Goalkeeper: Adán
Defenders: Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Essien
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Mesut Ozil
Attackers: Angel Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Malaga
vs
Real Madrid
3
Goals
2
11
Shots
17
6
Shots on goal
5
6
Corner kicks
7
9
Fouls commited
12
1
Yellow cards
4
0
Red cards
0
-
Ball possession
-

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid will be against Malaga, for the Spanish League 'La Liga', next Saturday (December 22, 2012). You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad, Barcelona vs Espanyol, Swansea vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Aston Villa, all matches provided from our live streaming section.

Real Madrid next game:
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad
kick-off time (06-01-2013):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 00:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 18:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 17:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 15:00
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 12:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 09:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 09:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / espn.com / goal.com / foxsports.com

Iker Casillas heading over to Real Madrid bench, in the game against Malaga, for La Liga 2012-2013

Iker Casillas looking nervous in Real Madrid bench against Malaga, for the Spanish League 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo dribbling Demichelis, in Malaga 3-2 Real Madrid, for La Liga 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo about to cry, in Real Madrid 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo running over a Malaga defender, in a game for Real Madrid

Iker Casillas disgusted in Real Madrid bench, in 2012-2013

Iker Casillas on Real Madrid bench, in the game against Malaga for La Liga, in 2012-2013

Adán replacing Iker Casillas in Real Madrid, in 2012-2013

Isco, Malaga's golden boy in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco, playing in Malaga 3-2 Real Madrid, in La Liga 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo trying to get past Joaquín, in Real Madrid vs Malaga, in 2012-2013

Real Madrid players showing a support shirt and jersey for Tita Vilanova's tumor disease, in Real Madrid vs Malaga, in a La Liga game in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo trademark jump before a Real Madrid game in 2012-2013

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