Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored his second league goal of the season, getting the winner in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Malaga.
The victory moved Real Madrid to within three points of second-placed Valencia and seven points behind leaders Barcelona. Those two play on Sunday. But this was a sloppy performance against La Liga strugglers and will do little to boost confidence in the league.
Madrid were ahead on nine minutes. Marcelo hung a deep cross up at the back post. Ronaldo hung in the area to head goalwards. And when the ball came back off the crossbar, Benzema – hanging around just inside the penalty area – reacted more quickly than any of Malaga’s defender charging in to nod the loose ball over the line.