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La Rosaleda (ATT 29,265) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Juan Martinez Munuera

Malaga Malaga vs Real Madrid R Madrid

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Ronaldo strike enough for Real

Last Updated: 15/03/14 9:42pm

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half score was the only difference between Real Madrid and Malaga as Carlo Ancelotti's side claimed a 1-0 win at Estadio La Rosaleda.

The Portugal international fired home a low strike after beating three Malaga defenders in the 23rd minute to claim a narrow victory for Real which put the pressure back on capital rivals Atletico Madrid who lie second in the overall standings.

The result left Malaga in 13th place but only three points clear of the relegation zone.

Ronaldo started off on the front foot and tested Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero with a strike from the edge of the area shortly after he forced a block from Marcos Angeleri.

Isco went close from a corner but Malaga also had an early chance when Roque Santa Cruz headed over from close range in the 13th minute.

However, it was Real who broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Ronaldo received a ball from Gareth Bale in the left of the box, cut back inside and curled it into the bottom of the net.

That proved to be the only goal of the game despite several chances for both sides, with Caballero making an excellent save with his feet to deny Ronaldo just over a minute after his score.

Malaga's Nordin Amrabat forced a save from Real keeper Diego Lopez just after the half hour mark before he fired over the bar 10 minutes later.

Isco flashed a shot over the bar early in the second half with Amrabat hardly testing Lopez at his next attempt, the keeper making a comfortable save.

Real defender Marcelo had a shot blocked by Sergio Sanchez in the 74th minute as both sides struggled to find a breakthrough with Ronaldo's next chance caught by Caballero.

Both sides kept plugging away for a goal as the clock ticked down but their search proved to be elusive.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18