Málaga: Goitia; Jesús Gámez,
Manolo Gaspar, Weligton, Calleja; Eliseu (Albert Luque 55'), Apoño,
Lolo, Duda (Nacho 80'); Baha (Salva 65'), Adrián. 4-4-2.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Metzelder, Pepe, Miguel Torres; Higuaín, Gago, Van der Vaart (Drenthe 90'), Sneijder (Dani Parejo 85'); Huntelaar (Javi García 65'), Raúl. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Málaga: Manolo Gaspar, Weligton, Calleja, Duda, Baha, Adrián for Helder, Cuadrado, Nacho, Fernando, Albert Luque / Madrid: Metzelder, Miguel Torres, Higuaín, Gago, Van der Vaart for Cannavaro, Heinze, Robben, Lass, Marcelo.
0-1. 49. Higuaín. Picked up ball in centre circle and ran through defence to score.
Yellow cards: Duda 09', Sergio Ramos 37', Gago 42', Raúl 61', Gaspar 87', Calleja 91'.
Real Madrid stay in touch with leaders Barcelona after a 0-1 win at Málaga on Saturday. The game got off to a dull start, the best chance falling to Adrián before the break. But just four minutes after the restart Higuaín picked up the ball in the centre circle and ran on past Weligton to strike an angled shot across Goitia.
Van der Vaart came close to a second with a chip over the bar soon afterwards, but Adrián went close again and Baha brought a good save out of Casillas. Madrid controlled the game after that though, Goitia having to save from Van der Vaart, Sergio Ramos and Higuaín, and Higuaín just rolling a shot past the far post near the end. Three more points, which keeps them six behind Barça in the table.