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La Rosaleda (ATT 26,000) 3rd March 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Jesus Gil Manzano

Malaga Malaga vs Atletico Madrid A Madrid

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Malaga and Atletico Madrid draw

Last Updated: 03/03/13 8:16pm

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Juanfran and Roque Santa Cruz in aerial battle

Juanfran and Roque Santa Cruz in aerial battle

Second-placed Atletico Madrid failed to fully capitalise on Saturday's Clasico defeat for Primera Division leaders Barcelona as they were held to a goalless draw at Malaga.

Los Rojiblancos could have cut the gap to single figures, following Barca's 2-1 reverse at Real Madrid, had they managed to overcome Malaga.

But the fourth-placed hosts proved tricky opposition and just about held their own to claim a point which kept their own Champions League aspirations on track.

Atletico started positively, with Diego Costa, Joao Miranda and Arda Turan all sending shots wide within nine minutes.

It was visiting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who was called upon to make the first save of the game, catching a straightforward header from Lucas Piazon in the 10th minute, but opposite number Willy Caballero was given a sterner test five minutes later by a 25-yard Turan blast which he fumbled but no Atletico player could capitalise.

Martin Demichelis had a decent chance to give Malaga the lead in the 18th minute but headed wide from Joaquin's cross.

The hosts ended the half well, Vitorino Antunes drilling a left-footed shot wide and then Joaquin seeing a stoppage-time attempt well saved by Courtois, but the teams headed in at the break all square.

Clear-cut chances remained at a premium in the second period, with the teams mainly restricted to long-range efforts.

Koke, Cristian Rodriguez and Raul Garcia powered attempts wide for Atletico from just outside the box, while Piazon tried his luck for Malaga but was equally wayward.

Weligton did get a better sight of goal for Malaga 13 minutes from time but could not direct his close-range header on target.

Ten minutes later Atletico's Mario Suarez had a speculative effort caught by Caballero as the game petered out into a draw.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 12 30
2 Barcelona 12 28
3 Atletico Madrid 12 26
4 Valencia 12 24
5 Sevilla 12 23
6 Malaga 12 21
7 Celta Vigo 12 20
8 Villarreal 12 18
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 12 14
11 Rayo Vallecano 12 14
12 Eibar 12 13
13 Levante 12 12
14 Espanyol 12 11
15 Granada 12 11
16 Real Sociedad 12 10
17 Almeria 12 10
18 Deportivo La Coruna 12 10
19 Elche 12 10
20 Cordoba 12 7