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  • November 29, 2014
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga
  • Referee: Iñaki Bikandi Garrido
  • • Attendance: 29025
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Malaga 1-2 Real Madrid: La Liga leader claims record win

Carlos Ancelotti's man won their 10th straight league game, and 16th straight overall.

Real Madrid picked up a club record 16th consecutive win by easing to a 2-1 victory at Malaga in La Liga on Saturday.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti saw his future called into question after Real lost consecutive league games to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid in September.

But the European champion has been irresistible since then, winning every game in all competitions and netting an incredible 59 goals in the process.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring early on at La Rosaleda after fine work by Cristiano Ronaldo, before Gareth Bale grabbed the crucial second late on with an excellent finish after latching on to Ronaldo's flicked header.

Former Malaga playmaker Isco was then harshly sent off for a second booking, before Roque Santa Cruz ensured Real would face a nervy last minute or so when he nodded home in stoppage time.

However, Ancelotti's side held on for a deserved three points that ensures they will end the weekend top of La Liga.

The two sides contested a lively opening to the game, with both goalkeepers forced into important saves inside the first quarter of an hour.

Ronaldo was the first to go close in the 12th minute as the Portuguese star fired straight at the outstanding Carlos Kameni from nine yards after a clever pass from Bale. 

Malaga caught Real on the counter almost immediately after that chance, and the move ended with Iker Casillas tipping a Santa Cruz header on to the roof of the net. 

The open nature of the match suited Real, though, and it eventually went ahead in the 18th minute. Ronaldo exploded past Roberto Rosales down the left and saw his cross instinctively steered in by Benzema. 

The shaky Casillas almost handed Malaga an equalizer shortly after, but the Real captain's blushes were spared by the post after he spilled Sergi Darder's long-range effort. 

The frailty of the visitor's advantage was highlighted shortly before the break as Duda struck the crossbar with an audacious 35-yard free kick.

Real looked threatening again at the start of the second half, and Ronaldo almost doubled the advantage in spectacular style in the 54th minute, narrowly missing the target with an acrobatic scissor kick.

The Ballon d'Or holder – who has scored 20 Liga goals this term – should have made sure of the points with 13 minutes to go but Kameni produced a stunning save to palm away his low drive after he had capitalized on a mix-up between Marcos Angeleri and Weligton.

Malaga almost made the most of that let-off as Santa Cruz tested the unconvincing Casillas from the edge of the area, but Bale raced on to Ronaldo's flick on and fired home in the 83rd minute to make the points safe.

A harsh second yellow for Isco, who was given a rousing reception from the home fans as he left the pitch, and Santa Cruz's excellent header made it a tense ending, but the Real juggernaut rolls on.

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