The Portuguese headed the Merengues in front late in the first half at La Rosaleda but just a minute later had a spot-kick saved by Carlos Kameni, and in the second half Malaga grabbed a deserved equaliser through centre-back Raul Albentosa.
The hosts might even have snatched a winner late on had it not been for some great goalkeeping by Madrid’s Keylor Navas, but Zinedine Zidane’s side fall nine points behind Barcelona with 13 games left of the campaign.
Rayo Vallecano fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and deny Sevilla a first away win of the season.
Unai Emery’s men looked set to finally end their away hoodoo when Steven N’Zonzi opened the scoring after 10 minutes and Vicente Iborra doubled the lead in the 20th minute.
The visitors missed chances to add to their advantage and were pegged back before half-time through Manucho’s goal. Miku then tapped in from close range midway through the second half to make it 2-2 and preserve Rayo’s six-game unbeaten run.
Paco Jemez’s side move three points above the relegation zone, while Sevilla stay fifth.
Jonathas struck the game’s only goal in the first half with a thumping finish as Sociedad maintained their climb up the table with a fourth consecutive league win.
The two sides produced a goalless stalemate in their previous meeting at the Anoeta in September, but both carved out a series of chances on Sunday before the hosts ran out of steam…