Málaga: Caballero; Jesús
Gámez, Sergio Sánchez, Demichelis, Monreal; Nacho Camacho;
Joaquín (Seba Fernández 83'), Portillo (Iturra 70'), Isco,
Eliseu; Saviola (Santa Cruz 65`). 4-1-4-1.
Madrid: Adán; Essien, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa (Callejón 57'); Xabi Alonso (Modric 76'), Khedira; Di María (Kaká 63'), Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzma. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 49. Isco. Controlled Joaquìn centre from left and fired low shot wide of Adán.
1-1. 66. Sergio Sánchez (own goal). Deflected ball in to net from Benzema pass.
2-1. 73. Santa Cruz. From close to goal after Adán saved flick from Joaquín.
3-1. 76. Santa Cruz. Ran on to Joaquín pass and fired low shot inside near post.
3-2. 82. Benzema. Turned shot past Caballero after Özil laid ball in from right.
Yellow cards: Sergio Ramos 28', Ronaldo 69', Pepe 79', Joaquín 82', Khedira 91'.
Real Madrid are now a massive sixteen points behind arch-rivals Barcelona after they lost 3-2 to fourth placed Málaga on Saturday evening. Mourinho surprised everyone leaving Casillas on the substitute's bench for "technical reasons", Adán making a rare start in goal in his place. The young keeper had little to do in the first half, the only real chances falling to Cristiano Ronaldo at the other end. But some three minutes after the restart he was beaten for the first time when Isco drilled a shot inside the post from the edge of the area, and although Madrid equalised when Sergio Sánchez ran the ball in to his own net trying to clear from Benzema, substitute Santa Cruz took advantage of some slack defending to fire two more past him in as many minutes. Benzema did close the gap again after Özil intercepted Camacho's pass to set him up with eight minutes to go, but the Andalusians held on for a win which takes them to within two points of the Merengues in the table.