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La Liga: Real Madrid back in 3rd place after 2-1 win over Malaga

IANS  |  Malaga (Spain) 

Real clawed their way back into the third place in the standings after downing 2-1 in an away match in which attacking Alarcon, a native, scored for the visitors.

on Sunday had made several changes in their starting 11, incorporating Uruguay's in defence and including and Nigerian forward The squad was without stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and but was able to count on Mateo Kovacic, Casemiro, Jesus Vallejo, and Marco Asensio, reports

Malaga exerted barely any pressure at all early on and Real took control of the match, with French Benzema leading the way at the

After several scoring chances that came to nought, at the 28th minute it was firing a fabulous free-kick that made it past the for the first goal.

Zinedine Zidane's boys only needed to play at half-speed against the timid and nervous Malaga, and the visitors got Casemiro in position, after being set up by Isco, to make it 2-0 in the 62nd minute.

Just seconds before the final whistle it was who sneaked in a shot for Malaga's consolation goal on a mistake by Vallejo.

With the win, Real Madrid are now in third with 67 points -- two points ahead of Valencia, who lost 1-2 to league leaders FC Barcelona on Saturday.

But Malaga, 20th in the league with 17 points, could be relegated to the lower league on Thursday if they lose against Levante.

Meanwhile, Uruguay's notched a 1-0 win for Getafe against Espanyol at the before some 11,000 spectators.

The right seemed to be the only able to emerge from the prevailing affecting both sides, firing an impressive blast from 35 meters that made it by It was the first tally of his 104-game career with the squad.

Both Getafe and Espanyol find themselves near the bottom of the standings in the 32nd week of play, and -- before Sunday's match - neither squad had won a match in their last five outings.

With the win, Getafe are barely maintaining their hopes for next season.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 14:46 IST