CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the winnr for Actual Madrid on the rebound after lacking a penalty.
With leaders Barcelona set to play at second-placed Valencia on Sunday evening, Zinedine Zidane’s males have been trying to profit from their alternative to eat right into a 10-point deficit.
However Los Blancos have been made to work laborious earlier than Ronaldo’s eventual winner within the 76th minute within the Spanish capital.
All appeared to be going to plan when Karim Benzema put the house aspect forward after simply 9 minutes, just for Diego Rolan to equalise.
Actual Madrid have been quickly again in entrance when Casemiro headed in a nook after 21 minutes.
Gonzalo Castro levelled up once more early within the second half with a 30-yard effort, however Ronaldo had the ultimate say when lashing house with 14 minutes left after his spot-kick had been stopped.
Benzema, who scored twice within the 6-Zero Champions League win over APOEL Nicosia, nodded within the early opener from shut vary after Ronaldo’s header got here again off the crossbar.
Isco, who joined Actual from Malaga in the summertime of 2013, and defender Dani Carvajal then each had efforts saved by Roberto.
The guests have been again on degree phrases after 18 minutes.
Midfielder Toni Kroos performed a ball again into the Actual Madrid penalty space, which was seized on by Sergio Keko. He bought to the byline and clipped a cross again to Rolan which the Uruguay ahead took on his chest earlier than drilling into the underside nook.
Actual, although, regained the lead simply three minutes later. German Kroos made amends as he clipped a nook into the Malaga six-yard field, the place Brazilian Casemiro powered in a towering header.
Earlier than Saturday’s recreation, Benzema had not scored at house since mid-August. He missed an opportunity to increase the lead after 30 minutes when performed clear by Isco, because the French ahead dragged his shot extensive.
Roberto made an acrobatic save from Lucas Vazquez, earlier than clawing away a goal-bound header from Ronaldo.
Malaga had the ball within the web on the finish of first-half stoppage time as substitute Paul Baysse looped in a header following a free-kick, however the referee had blown his whistle simply moments earlier.
Actual threatened once more early within the second half when Kroos’ side-footed shot was heading for the highest nook earlier than Roberto produced one other tremendous save.
The guests equalised once more after 58 minutes. Castro let fly from 30 yards and his shot dipped late, with Kiko Casilla solely capable of push the ball into the underside nook.
Ronaldo failed to attach with a flick from Raphael Varane on the far submit.
Nevertheless, within the 74th minute, substitute Luka Modric was hauled down within the penalty space by Luis Hernandez.
Ronaldo stepped up for the ensuing spot-kick, which Roberto saved, however the ball dropped straight again to the Portuguese frontman who smashed it into the roof of the web.
Roberto Rosales dragged an opportunity for Malaga extensive, earlier than Ronaldo noticed a late effort incorrectly dominated out for offside.
Ronaldo’s aim signifies that he has lastly scored in La Liga for the primary time in 5 video games.
Actual Madrid’s late winner strikes them seven factors behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.