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Madrid and Atlético win to maintain status quo

Published: Saturday 15 March 2014, 23.47CET
Cristiano Ronaldo earned Real Madrid CF a 1-0 victory at Málaga CF before Club Atlético de Madrid won by the same score to keep the Merengues' lead to three points.

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Published: Saturday 15 March 2014, 23.47CET

Madrid and Atlético win to maintain status quo

Cristiano Ronaldo earned Real Madrid CF a 1-0 victory at Málaga CF before Club Atlético de Madrid won by the same score to keep the Merengues' lead to three points.

Real Madrid CF and Club Atlético de Madrid both won to maintain the status quo at the Liga summit, with the Merengues still three points clear.

Unbeaten since October, there was no let-up from Carlo Ancelotti's side, who prevailed 1-0 at Málaga CF thanks to a trademark run and finish from Cristiano Ronaldo on 23 minutes. Collecting possession on the left, the Portugal forward traversed the penalty area before sweeping the ball past Willy. Madrid's joy was soured, though, as Karim Benzema limped off ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League decider against FC Schalke 04.

Nearest rivals Atlético responded by edging RCD Espanyol 1-0, Diego Costa continuing his fine season by scoring the winner ten minutes into the second half. Bursting into the box after shrugging off two defenders, he executed an unerring finish. Third-placed FC Barcelona can trim the gap on Diego Simeone's men back to a point with victory over CA Osasuna on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid moved three points clear of the drop zone by brushing aside fellow strugglers UD Almería 3-1, while RC Celta de Vigo beat Levante UD 1-0. On Friday, Youssef El-Arabi scored twice as Granada CF posted a 3-3 comeback draw at Getafe CF in a game both teams finished with ten men.

Last updated: 16/03/14 0.24CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

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AtléticoAtlético1-0EspanyolEspanyol

Diego Costa 55

Venue: Madrid

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MálagaMálaga0-1Real MadridReal Madrid

Ronaldo 23

Venue: Malaga

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Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano3-1AlmeríaAlmería

Alberto Bueno 38, Larrivey 57, 77

Soriano 72

Venue: Madrid

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LevanteLevante0-1CeltaCelta

Nolito 19

Venue: Valencia

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GetafeGetafe3-3GranadaGranada

Marica 6, López 38, Lafita 72

Riki 35, El Arabi 62, 77

Venue: Madrid

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