Under fire from the outset as Madrid dominated. Was blameless with the goals, but struggled to save a free-kick from Cristiano and needed two attempts to stop a long-range effort from Khedira in the first half.
Possibly even worse than Mathijsen, Demichelis was all over the place. Dreadful marking as Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed time and space for all three of his goals. Very poor.
A hapless performance from the Dutchman, whose partnership with Demichelis was made to look amateur. Off the pace and out of position, the defender was also guilty of poor marking in a nightmare showing at the back.
Marginally better than his defensive colleagues, but that isn't saying much. The experienced defender had a hard match, but at least the damage wasn't done on his side of the pitch as he worked hard to contain Ronaldo and Kaka, forcing them inside.
Was given a torrid time by Di Maria on the right-hand side and looked out of his depth. Earned a booking, too, and was replaced by Nacho Monreal with five minutes left.
Completely overrun in the first half but better along with his team-mates after the interval. Saw a volley blocked by Ramos late on. Needs a better partner than Apono, as well.
Still inexperienced at this level, the youngster found it difficult against a far superior Madrid outfit. He was unable to have the influence he would have wanted and was given little time on the ball.
One of the best performers for Malaga. Could have won a penalty in the first few minutes, linked up well with Cazorla and lashed a powerful drive against the crossbar in the second half.
Very poor in the first half and was unable to get hold of proceedings. Improved in the second half but was guilty of leaving Madrid's attackers unmarked far too often, leaving the defence exposed.
Not up to his recent performances and was forced to defend more than usual, but came close before half-time and fired just wide after the interval as well. Was involved in much of Malaga's best play.
Lively up front, but found life difficult as Malaga fed off scraps in the first period. Forced Casillas into one fine save, though, and set up Sebas Fernandez for a great chance late on.
Had plenty of work to do despite the scoreline. Made a fine first-half save from Rondon, denied Joaquin later on when the winger was one-on-one and made a stunning stop to thwart Eliseu 10 minutes into the second half.
Prone to moments of distraction when Madrid are comfortable and against smaller sides. Made a good block from Cazorla in the first half but struggled as Malaga dominated after the break.
Got forward well and got himself out of trouble on occasions at the back with some neat turns. Full of energy and always available to suport his team-mates, but given problems by the lively Joaquin and conceded a few needless fouls.
His mistake let in Rondon after eight minutes, but he improved as the game wore on and blocked a dangerous volley from Rondon in the second half. Adapting to his recent role in the centre of defence but endured some difficult moments in the second period.
Generally solid in defence and a hard worker when he comes into the side. Offered support down the right and set up Callejon for a decent chance late in the game, which the former Espanyol forward fired over the bar.
Scored his first official goal for Madrid in midweek and could have added another in this match, but was unable to make proper contact. A good solid game from the German in midfield, though. Positive with the ball and disciplined defensively.
Not his best game as he struggled to match his recent performances but still linked up well and showed some touches of real class as Madrid dominated in the first half. Set up Khedira for an early chance, but faded after the break and was replaced by Ozil.
Á. di María
An outstanding game from the Argentine, who ran and ran all night. Eventually replaced by Callejon, but had set up two goals by then, the first with a fantastic filtered pass for Higuain, the second with a brilliant curling cross for Cristiano.
Pulled the strings in midfield in a fine display as he linked defence to attack with his outstanding range of short and long passing. Worked hard, too, and recovered well after losing the ball in the second half.
Carried on his fine form of late by scoring the first goal after 10 minutes, when he took the ball around Ruben and slotted home clinically. His pace caused constant problems for Malaga on the the counter in another positive showing. Replaced by Benzema late on.
Scored a brilliant first-half hat-trick, which included a sublime improvised back-heeled effort and a run and drive from the edge of the box. Could have earned a penalty and also came close with two free-kicks. An oustanding return to goalscoring form.
- 35 Pol Freixanet
- 21 Sergio Sánchez
Little time to make an impact as he came on for the last five minutes.
- 16 E. Maresca
Looked lively as he came on as a late substitute and almost set up Rondon for a good chance, but the game was well and truly over by then.
Made an impact after coming on as a sub and almost scored when he lashed a fierce drive against the bar with Casillas well beaten. A lively cameo.
- 9 R. van Nistelrooy
- 13 Adán
- 19 R. Varane
- 11 Granero
Gave Madrid a good outlet when he came on for Kaka with half an hour left and eased some of the pressure as Malaga sought a way back into the game from 4-0 down.
- 16 Hamit Altıntop
Full of running in the last 15 minutes as he replaced Di Maria. Fired over after he was set up by Arbeloa and almost found himself one-on-one with Ruben late on. A fine cameo.
Replaced Higuain late on but didn't really get into the game after his fine performance in the 4-0 win at Lyon in midweek.