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Madrid come unstuck, Málaga sparkle

Published: Saturday 24 November 2012, 23.50CET
Real Madrid CF remain eight points adrift of FC Barcelona after suffering a third Liga defeat of the season at Real Betis Balompié, while Málaga CF overcame Valencia CF 4-0.
Madrid come unstuck, Málaga sparkle
Cristiano Ronaldo and Madrid did not enjoy their trip to Seville ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 24 November 2012, 23.50CET

Madrid come unstuck, Málaga sparkle

Real Madrid CF remain eight points adrift of FC Barcelona after suffering a third Liga defeat of the season at Real Betis Balompié, while Málaga CF overcame Valencia CF 4-0.

Real Madrid CF fell to a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis Balompié, leaving the Merengues third, eight points behind Liga leaders FC Barcelona. 

The home side were sprightly from the outset and took a 17th-minute lead when Beñat skipped past a challenge and fired beyond Iker Casillas into the bottom left corner from range. Madrid had their chances in the second half. Ángel López cleared off the line under the nose of Karim Benzema and Adrián made two excellent saves – first parrying Kaka's long-range strike and later blocking a point-blank Benzema header. The breakthrough was not forthcoming, however, and José Mourinho's men could begin next week 11 points adrift in the title race.

Málaga CF, meanwhile, moved fourth after overpowering Valencia CF 4-0. Promising youngster Francisco Portillo curled in early on, but the match hung in the balance until the 74th minute, when the floodgates opened. Javier Saviola thumped in a low second and substitute Roque Santa Cruz added another seven minutes later. Valencia defender Adil Rami was dismissed for a second booking, and Isco rubbed salt into the wound with an added-time fourth.

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid beat RCD Mallorca 2-0 with two goals in the last three minutes, while a 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid CF leaves Granada CF one point off the relegation zone.

Last updated: 25/11/12 0.20CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:09 CET

24/11/2012

BetisBetis1-0Real MadridReal Madrid

Beñat 17

Venue: Sevilla

24/11/2012

MálagaMálaga4-0ValenciaValencia

Portillo 8, Saviola 74, Santa Cruz 81, Isco 90+2

Venue: Malaga

24/11/2012

ValladolidValladolid1-0GranadaGranada

Manucho 63

Venue: Valladolid

24/11/2012

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano2-0MallorcaMallorca

Carrilho Baptistao 87, Delibašić 90

Venue: Madrid

23/11/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad0-0OsasunaOsasuna

Venue: San Sebastian

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