Real Madrid keep Barca waiting

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Spanish Primera Division as Real Madrid keep Barcelona waiting for the title.

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Real Madrid celebrate the 6-2 win over Malaga.

Real Madrid celebrate the 6-2 win over Malaga.

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Spanish Primera Division.

Real Madrid ensured Barcelona's Primera Division title celebrations remained on ice for a while longer after thrashing Malaga 6-2 in an incident-packed clash at the Bernabeu.

Anything other than a Madrid victory would have seen Barca crowned Spanish champions for the 22nd time, but Jose Mourinho's men put their recent troubles to one side in emphatic fashion against Malaga.

The hosts, whose Champions League semi-final exit - along with speculation about the future of Mourinho - has contributed to a feeling of unease around the Spanish giants, took a third-minute lead through Raul Albiol but soon saw that cancelled out by Roque Santa Cruz.

Malaga then lost Sergio Sanchez to the first of two red cards the visitors picked up in the match when he brought down Cristiano Ronaldo inside the area to concede a 21st-minute penalty.

Ronaldo saw his subsequent spot-kick saved by Willy Caballero but the Portugal international soon made amends as he put Madrid ahead four minutes later.

Mesut Ozil made it 3-1 in the 33rd minute but Malaga fought back again and Vitorino Antunes reduced the gap back to within a goal with a superb strike in the 36th minute.

At that stage Barca might still have been hoping Malaga could do them a favour, but it was not to be as Madrid made the most of their numerical advantage to pull away.

Karim Benzema made it 4-2 on the stroke of half-time with Luka Modric (63) and Angel Di Maria (90) adding further goals either side of another Malaga red card, defender Martin Demichelis being dismissed in the 73rd minute.

The result leaves Madrid eight points behind Barca with three games remaining.

Barca, who have four matches left, could clinch the title in Madrid on Sunday when they play Atletico.

Atletico Madrid were also in action as both their and Real's matches from the 36th round were brought forward a week due to their involvement in the Copa del Rey final on May 17.

The Rojiblancos were 3-1 victors over relegation-haunted Celta Vigo, a result that assures them of a top-three finish in the Primera Division and an automatic berth in the Champions League.

Atletico took charge with second-half strikes from Diego Costa and Juanfran Torres, and although Celta pulled a late goal back through Augusto Fernandez, the visitors wrapped up the win through star striker Radamel Falcao soon after.


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