Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal stretched Real Madrid's unbeaten run to 30 matches as the La Liga leaders beat Malaga.

The Portuguese found space to shoot low into the net from inside the area as Real kept the pressure on their title rivals.

Carlo Ancelotti's men were not at their best but were rarely troubled by relegation-threatened Malaga.

Isco shot over for Real when through on goal in an uneventful second half.

The win keeps Real three points clear of city rivals Atletico Madrid, who beat Espanyol 1-0 later on Saturday.

Did you know?

Real Madrid are unbeaten in 17 consecutive league games.

Defending champions Barcelona are seven points behind Real but could reduce that deficit at home to Osasuna on Sunday.

Real have not been beaten since a 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp in October, a run stretching 30 matches in all competitions.

They entertain Schalke in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday, leading 6-1 from the first match.

After a quiet start, Ronaldo settled any nerves from the visitors with an impressive strike to take his goal tally in all competitions to 39 for the season.

The former Manchester United man wriggled his way past a couple of Malaga defenders before firing clinically into the net from inside the area.

He almost doubled Real's lead soon after, having a shot blocked by the outstretched leg of Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Real did suffer a blow before the break as France striker Karim Benzema limped off injured and they struggled to find their usual attacking rhythm.

Former Malaga midfielder Isco should have doubled the lead after the break but he shot over after being put clear on goal.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Málaga

  • 13 Caballero
  • 15 Angeleri (El Hamdaoui - 86' )
  • 05 Antunes Booked
  • 12 Tissone (Portillo - 68' )
  • 21 Sánchez
  • 04 Ferreira
  • 24 García Sánchez (Iakovenko - 68' )
  • 06 Camacho
  • 09 Santa Cruz
  • 17 Barbosa Valente Booked
  • 23 Amrabat

Substitutes

  • 01 Kameni
  • 07 El Hamdaoui
  • 08 Portillo
  • 10 Iakovenko
  • 11 Pérez
  • 20 Casado Bizcocho
  • 26 Jiménez López

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 14 Alonso
  • 03 Pepe
  • 02 Varane
  • 19 Modric (Illarramendi - 90' )
  • 23 Isco (Jesé - 63' )
  • 09 Benzema (Di María - 32' )
  • 11 Bale
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 18 Nacho
  • 20 Jesé
  • 21 Morata
  • 22 Di María
  • 24 Illarramendi
Ref: Juan Martínez Munuera
Att: 29,265

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

4 6

Corners

7 6

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1.

90:00 +0:35

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:35

Foul by Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga).

89:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Luka Modric.

89:12

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Vitorino Antunes.

88:22

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

88:22

Francisco Portillo (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:14

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

87:02

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:02

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

86:16

Attempt missed. Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

85:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Málaga. Mounir El Hamdaoui replaces Marcos Angeleri.

84:51

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

84:51

Duda (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:19

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesé.

83:37

Attempt saved. Flavio Ferreira (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nourredine Amrabat with a cross.

83:04

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Pepe.

82:24

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Marcelo.

80:06

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

80:06

Marcos Angeleri (Málaga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:39

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

78:16

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:16

Foul by Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga).

76:06

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

75:32

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Sánchez.

74:56

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:56

Foul by Flavio Ferreira (Málaga).

74:16

Attempt missed. Sergio Sánchez (Málaga) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

72:54

Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.

70:13

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:13

Foul by Francisco Portillo (Málaga).

67:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Málaga. Francisco Portillo replaces Fernando Tissone.

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Málaga. Oleksandr Iakovenko replaces Samuel.

66:58

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:58

Foul by Samuel (Málaga).

66:37

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Xabi Alonso.

65:45

Offside, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

62:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Isco.

60:34 Booking

Booking Duda (Málaga) is shown the yellow card.

60:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:41

Delay in match Duda (Málaga) because of an injury.

56:00

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Sánchez.

54:25

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:25

Foul by Fernando Tissone (Málaga).

53:03

Attempt saved. Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Flavio Ferreira.

50:38

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María following a fast break.

49:57

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Ángel Di María.

49:56

Attempt blocked. Duda (Málaga) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Tissone.

48:17

Attempt saved. Samuel (Málaga) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roque Santa Cruz with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1.

45:00 +0:15

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Ignacio Camacho (Málaga).

44:05

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

43:03

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ignacio Camacho.

43:00

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

39:38

Attempt missed. Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Vitorino Antunes with a headed pass.

38:25

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Marcelo.

38:24

Attempt blocked. Samuel (Málaga) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nourredine Amrabat with a cross.

35:34

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Luka Modric.

35:33

Attempt blocked. Duda (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel.

31:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María replaces Karim Benzema because of an injury.

30:37

Attempt saved. Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

24:35

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

24:21

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

22:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Málaga 0, Real Madrid 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

21:19

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

21:19

Samuel (Málaga) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:29

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Raphael Varane is caught offside.

18:36 Booking

Booking Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:26

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:26

Foul by Vitorino Antunes (Málaga).

16:13

Corner, Málaga. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

13:37

Hand ball by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

12:09

Attempt missed. Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nourredine Amrabat with a cross.

11:13

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:42

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Sánchez.

8:55

Attempt missed. Duda (Málaga) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

8:12

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

8:12

Samuel (Málaga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:27

Attempt missed. Vitorino Antunes (Málaga) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Duda.

6:26

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marcos Angeleri.

6:25

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

3:53

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:53

Foul by Nourredine Amrabat (Málaga).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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