Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol,
Garay (Marcelo 46'), Arbeloa; Lass, Xabi Alonso, Guti (Granero 67'); Cristiano
Ronaldo, Benzema, Kaká (Raúl 78'). 4-3-3.
Málaga: Munúa; Jesús Gámez, Iván González, Weligton, Mtiglia (Portillo 73'); Fernando, Toribio; Javi López (Forestieri 54'), Benachour, Duda; Caicedo (Juanmi 61'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 35. Cristiano Ronaldo. Ran in to area to turn Kaká's cross wide of Munúa.
2-0. 39. Cristiano Ronaldo. Picked up Guti pass and struck long volley past keeper.
Yellow cards: Caicedo 42', Gámez 55', Toribio 87' / red cards: Cristiano Ronaldo 69'.
Real Madrid reached the halfway point of the season five points behind leaders Barcelona after beating Málaga 2-0 on Sunday evening. Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero and then the villain for Pellegrini's side, scoring his first two goals of the new year and then getting himself sent off in the second half after breaking Mtiglia's nose with a flying elbow. The Portuguese superstar finished off a rapid team move ten minutes before the break, and then struck a fierce volley wide of Munúa after Guti set him up soon afterwards.
Before that however Duda's deflected shot had bounced off the crossbar, and Casillas had had a bit of work to do as well. Xabi Alonso and Granero could have increased the lead later on though, and Madrid cruised through to end the visitors' nine game unbeaten run and clock up their tenth consecutive home win in the league.