Real Madrid are on the up after they moved ahead of Malaga into third in La Liga with an easy 4-0 victory over Real Zaragoza, whilst Malaga slip down to fourth after losing 2-1 to Rayo Vallecano.
Jose Mourinho secured his 100th win in charge of Real Madrid in style as his side eased passed Real Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Last season’s champions went ahead after 24 minutes as Gonzalo Higuain crashed in his seventh goal of the season after Raul Albiol’s header was parried into his path following a Luka Modric corner.
Madrid doubled their lead just two minutes later with another rebounded goal. Another good save from Roberto counted for nothing when Angel Di Maria caught onto the rebound of his own shot after the goalkeeper did well to stop the initial effort.
Madrid’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo rocketed one of his trademark free-kicks off the crossbar and he was also thwarted from close range by Roberto.
Michael Essien finally made it 3-0 with a minute left on the clock with a composed finish after a pass from Karim Benzema.
There was still time for another goal from yet another Roberto parry. Ronaldo hit a fierce shot that was saved by the impressive goalkeeper, but unfortunately for the shot-stopper Luka Modric was on hand to fire home for goal number four.
Rayo Vallecano became the first team to inflict defeat on Malaga away from home this season with a 2-1 win courtesy of a brace from Piti.
The away side went ahead early on after only 12 minutes when Leo hit a driven shot across the goal which fell perfectly for Piti to simply tap home from close range.
Malaga didn’t give up and showed why they are flirting with the Champions league positions near the top of La Liga by equalising four minutes after the restart.
Poor defending allowed Martin Demichelis to get his head on the end of a free-kick, converting his second goal of the campaign.
But Vallecano fought back and restored their lead on 61 minutes with what turned out to be the deciding goal.
Clever movement from Leo saw him bypass two tired tackles before setting up Piti who poked home with his second of the match.