Malaga 1-1 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
Real Madrid lost further ground in the title race as they were held to a lowly 1-1 draw at El Rosaleda by a gritty Malaga. Cristiano Ronaldo put the visitors ahead with a fortuitous header after the half hour mark, but Raul Albentosa restored parity for Albiceleste midway into the second stanza.
Los Blancos fret and faffed in search of a winner, but their every effort ran into a stonewall and were forced to share the spoils. Let’s have a look at how the players from both parties fared.
Carlos Kameni – 8
The Cameroonian custodian was a bulwark that kept Real Madrid at arm’s length for most of the match. For every attempt from the visitors that glided through at goal, Kameni repelled with fine stops. His diving stop to deny Cristiano Ronaldo from the penalty stop was the highlight of the game.
Raul Albentosa – 8
The Malaga defender put in an excellent shift in both halves of the field and also netted the equaliser for his side that earned them a vital point.
Roberto Rosales – 6.5
Right-back Roberto Rosales was having a great time in the first half with some promising runs and crucial interceptions, but his strength and influence both tapered off in the second half and was eventually overshadowed by his opposite number Marcelo, when the Brazilian fanned the pressure on him by his darting runs forward.
WeligtonOliveira – 7.5
Weligton assisted Albentosa for the equaliser with an impeccable cross, and dispatched himself resolutely at the heart of Malaga’s defence.
Miguel Torres – 7.5
Torres was terrific down the left, as he stood tall when Real Madrid threw the kitchen sink at him. Daniel Carvajal had a hard time in dealing with him whilst going ahead.
Juan Anor – 8
The midfielder was one of the better Malaga players going forward and carried the side's biggest threat with his pace and trickery.
Recio – 6.5
He started off well, supplying balls ahead and tracking back when the situation demanded, but Recio wasn’t as effective after the break.
Ignacio Camacho – 7.5
Camacho was solid as the holding midfielder and always appeared composed with the ball at his feet.
Duje Cop - 7.5
Cop linked up well with Charles in the attack and also caused the visiting defence lot of troubles with his clever off-the-ball movements.
Charles - 8
The Malaga attacker was blistering in the final third and Blancos backline were harrowed in dealing with him. Charles even made two good attempts at goal that forced Keylor Navas into equally impressive stops.
Ricardo Horta – 7
The winger was brought down the left flank, but his profligacy marred an otherwise decent evening.
Pablo Fornals – 7
Fornals took over the mantle from Horta in the final half hour and posed just as much threat to the visitors.
Duda - 6
Duda came into the game in the dying minutes and only made a few touches on the ball.
Roque Santa Cruz – 6
Coming on to the field very late, Santa Cruz sat deep and only defended. His attacking boots were nowhere to be seen.