Six-goal consolation prize

Real Madrid beat Málaga in a crazy game that was marked by Sergio Sánchez’s sending off in the 21st minute. With the Spanish Cup final against Atlético only nine days away and the knowledge that Barcelona would be crowned league champion if they lost, José Mourinho’s men were fully focussed on this game.

An Albiol header opened the scoring before Santa Cruz levelled the encounter. Then, Sergio Sánchez brought down Cristiano Ronaldo inside the area, cue red card for the Málaga defender and a penalty for Madrid. Caballero saved Cristiano’s spot kick, but the Portuguese’s direct free-kick was on target minutes later.

Özil, Benzema, Modric and Di María rounded out the scoring, as Real Madrid refuses to throw in the towel in its battle with arch-rival Barcelona.

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