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Played
December 23, 2012 6:00 AM EST
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ Alejandro Hernández‎
Attendance:‬ 28004‎
 
49′ Isco
Sergio Sánchez 66′ (OG)
 

Malaga - Real Madrid Preview: Los Boquerones look to close gap on visitors

Manuel Pellegrini's side can move within two points of the struggling Castilian giants in the Primera Division standings with victory at La Rosaleda on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid v Espanyol
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


MALAGA

Caballero
 Gamez, Demichelis, Onyewu, Monreal Iturra, Camacho
Joaquin, Isco, Eliseu
 Santa Cruz


REAL MADRID


Casillas
 Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
 Khedira, Alonso
 Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
 Benzema


Malaga will be without captain Weligton against Real Madrid, after the defender picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Oguchi Onyewu is likely to deputise for Weligton at the back, while Julio Baptista and Jeremy Toulalan are also sidelined.

Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao picked up a muscle problem in the 2-2 draw with Espanyol and is a minor doubt.

Raphael Varane, Raul Albiol and Gonzalo Higuain remain absent, but Karim Benzema (ankle) is available.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Malaga have won just three of their last 12 matches in all competitions (W3, D5, L4).
  • The Andalusians have lost their last five encounters with Real Madrid across all competitions.
  • Malaga have been drawn with Porto in the Champions League round of 16.
  • Real Madrid have won just two of their last five away matches in all competitions.
  • Los Merengues will face English giants Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 on February 13 and March 5.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored four goals in his last five outings for Real in all competitions.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
13Willy CaballeroGoalkeeper
2Jesús GámezDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
17MonrealDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
21Sergio SánchezDefender
6CamachoMidfielder
17JoaquínMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
30Javier SaviolaStriker
27PortilloMidfielder
1Carlos KameniGoalkeeper
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
-Manuel IturraMidfielder
17DudaMidfielder
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22KakáMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
21MorataStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0