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  1. La Liga leaders Madrid aiming to move four points clear
  2. Zidane's side looking to recover from Sevilla & Celta Vigo defeats
  3. Madrid not lost three in a row since May 2009
  4. Nearest rivals Sevilla & Barca play on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Adios!

    Job done for Madrid, and job done for us. We'll back with another European live text tomorrow when we see how Barca get on from about 19:30 GMT. 

    Until then you can follow all the latest stories from the continent on our European football page. Adios!

  2. As it stands

    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    You don't win anything at the third weekend of January, goes the old saying. Madrid have 'won' the seemingly made-up crown of winter champions, however.

    Neither second-placed Sevilla, who visit rock-bottom Osasuna, nor Barcelona, who also play tomorrow when they go to Eibar, can catch them.

    La Liga
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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Few smiles from the Madrid players at the final whistle. Functional rather than dazzling. Two-goal hero Sergio Ramos finally cracks a grin as he exchanges high-fives and a dab with Lucas Vasquez. Leave that to the young 'uns Sergio.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Job done. Madrid back to winning ways after two successive defeats, reestablishing their four-point lead at the top of La Liga.

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Keylor Navas has a rush of blood to his head, tearing out of his area to try and meet a loose ball. Luckily Sergio Ramos is in control of situation, booting out for a throw in. Almost there.

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Easily dealt with by the away defence. Can they mount one last attack themselves? Now or never...

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Toni Kroos whips in a dangerous set-piece, Alvaro Morata heading over the bar. With the aid of a Malaga defender according to the ref. Corner.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Into the first of FOUR minutes of stoppage time. Another Madrid free-kick on the left flank...

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Toni Kross is bundled over as he is hassled by a pack of Malaga players. They fell into that trap. That allows Madrid to run down the clock with some possession football. 

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Still Madrid look to nip this one in the bud. Another free-kick inside the Malaga half, this time they go short. Safe.

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Alvaro Morata flings himself at a cross from the right - over the bar. And offside anyway. Another offside flag thwarts Madrid moments later.

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Into the final five. A Madrid third or a shock equaliser? The former is looking more likely. Malaga not gone gung ho yet.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    A final change for Madrid. Alvaro Morata is given the last 10 minutes, Karim Benzema not getting the warmest of reception as he goes off. Not been the Frenchman's most productive shift.

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Get it out! Malaga hack clear after Cristiano Roanldo has another low effort saved by Carlos Kameni.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Don't sit down yet fourth official. You've got more work coming your way. Malaga also make a change, Michael Santos thrown on in place of Penaranda.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Time for another Madrid change. Lukas Modric saunters off to a great ovation, Mateo Kovacic coming on.

  17. Rooney break Man Utd scoring record

    Meanwhile, Madrid record scorer Ronaldo's former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney has just broken (finally) Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time Red Devils scoring record.

    More on that story here.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Almost as though Cristiano Ronaldo heard us. Maybe his ears are burning. He's well in the thick of things now. The Ballon d'Or winner is put through in the right channel of the Malaga area, thumping a low strike against the inside of the left-hand post.

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    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    This is almost a YouTube sensation! Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni has a nightmare, letting a firm backpass through his legs, scampering back to clear the ball off his line with a last-ditch slide. 

    But it only goes as far as Ronaldo - who drills it straight at Kameni's legs. Off. The. Hook.


    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga

    Yep, here he is. Martin Demichelis comes on for Juan Carlos as Malaga make a tactical tweak.