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January 3, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 80000‎
 
Top of the Match
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
Kaká
Kaká
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF

Real Madrid 3-2 Malaga: Khedira, Higuain & Benzema net as Copa del Rey holders complete stunning comeback from two goals down

The Spanish giants produced a memorable 45 minutes to defeat Manuel Pellegrini's men after being 2-0 down at half-time, and are now favourites to reach the quarter-finals

By Luke Matthews

Karim Benzema - Real Madrid
Karim Benzema - Real Madrid
Real Madrid produced a stunning second-half comeback, scoring three times in a brilliant 10-minute spell to earn the reigning Copa del Rey holders a 3-2 victory against Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu, in the first leg of their round of 16 encounter.

After 10 minutes Sergio Sanchez rose highest to head Santi Cazorla's header into the net before the former Villarreal playmaker grabbed his second assist of the game when Martin Demichelis beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas to the ball to give his team a comfortable lead.

However, two goals in two minutes from Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain saw the home team draw level before Karim Benzema grabbed the winner with 12 minutes left to play.

Both sides made cautious starts to the game, yet on 10 minutes Malaga shocked the hosts by taking the lead. Cazorla whipped an inviting corner into the box from the left where Sanchez was on cue to firmly head the ball past Casillas from six yards out - his first goal for the Andalusian outfit.

The second goal of the game fell to the visitors on 29 minutes, much to the dismay of the home support. Again, the assist was provided by Cazorla who curled his corner into the danger area with Demichelis doing well to beat a lacklustre Casillas to the ball to plant his header into the back of the net and give Manuel Pellegrini's side a deserved half-time lead.

The home side made a determined start to the second period and grabbed their just rewards in the 68th minute when a rare Khedira strike made it 2-1. The German international midfielder's driving run saw him power past the Malaga defence before smashing the ball beyond Cabellero for his second goal in a Madrid shirt.

Amazingly, two minutes later Mourinho's men were level after some shocking defending by Sanchez. The former Sevilla man's weak backpass was intercepted by Higuain who rounded the keeper before slotting home from a tight angle to put his side right back in the tie.

The comeback was complete in the 78th minute when Ronaldo's clever flick fooled the Malaga backline as Benzema ran clear to slide the ball past the helpless Cabellero and give his team a 3-2 win on the evening.

The two sides meet again on January 10 at La Rosaleda, with a quarter-final place in the tournament at stake.

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Real Madrid CF

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Pepe
Defender
75′
2.50
33
Raúl Albiol
Defender
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
28′ 46′
2.50
12
Marcelo
Defender
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
92′
3.00
6
Lassana Diarra
Midfielder
2.50
22
Kaká
Midfielder
46′
2.00
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
2.50
9
3.50
7
2.50

Malaga

0.00
13
0.00
-
0.00
26
0.00
21
0.00
17
Monreal
Defender
80′
0.00
8
0.00
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
79′
0.00
10
Apoño
Midfielder
0.00
23
Isco
Midfielder
66′
0.00
22

Substitutes

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
0.00
5
0.00
2
0.00
4
0.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
46′
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
46′ 68′
3.50
9
4.00

Substitutes

0.00
25
Rubén
Goalkeeper
0.00
2
0.00
17
Duda
Midfielder
66′
0.00
6
Camacho
Midfielder
0.00
-
0.00
26
Juanmi
Striker
0.00
23
Rondón
Striker
60′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
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  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2