In a thrilling encounter at the La Rosaleda Stadium, Real Madrid emerged victorious with goals from Isco Alcaraz and Casimero. Despite a late consolation goal from Diego Rolan, Malaga succumbed to their 16th defeat of the LaLiga season. Real Madrid’s triumph propelled them back into third place in the league table, trailing 15 points behind Barcelona, the current leaders, and four points off second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Malaga, who have struggled to find form, have only managed one win in their last 17 LaLiga matches. This dismal run has left them languishing at the bottom of the table with a mere 17 points from 32 games. Real Madrid, fresh from their impressive semi-final victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, dominated the first half and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities.
The breakthrough came in the 29th minute when Isco expertly curled in a free-kick, giving Real Madrid the lead. Malaga had a chance to equalize just before halftime, capitalizing on a defensive blunder by Casimero. However, Manuel Iturra failed to beat Keylor Navas from close range, squandering a golden opportunity.
The second half saw Real Madrid maintain their dominance, ultimately extending their lead in the 60th minute through Casimero’s well-taken goal. Despite their best efforts, Malaga struggled to break down Real Madrid’s resilient defense. Diego Rolan’s late goal in added time provided some consolation for the home team.
Unfortunately for Malaga’s Brown Ideye, who missed his side’s previous three games, his goal drought extended to five games in this encounter. Ideye, who joined Malaga in January, has had a difficult time finding his scoring touch. In the 78th minute, he was substituted for Maxime Lestienne.
Real Madrid’s victory solidifies their position in the top three of the LaLiga table, while Malaga’s relegation fears continue to loom. With only six games remaining, time is running out for Malaga to salvage their season and avoid the drop.