Malaga vs Real Madrid: Zidane to drop Ronaldo for LaLiga clash

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

Zinedine Zidane did not travel with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to Malaga but Los Blancos had a commanding win over their counterparts. "When you play for Real Madrid, that's what you have to do".

Isco will be monitored after taking a kick to the shin in training, while Nacho will miss out with a muscle problem.

"He's always been a really important Real Madrid player", Casemiro said of Isco in a post-match interview.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists he has no regrets about his outburst against the referee who awarded the late penalty that put Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals. They've collected 17 points in the season in total, and need at least five wins in the last seven to have a chance at staying up.

Real Madrid will be aiming to get back to winning ways, and up to third, when they travel to La Rosaleda to face rock-bottom Malaga on Sunday. Live streaming is available on beIN Sports connect, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the beIN Sports app.

The scores were level at the break before the encounter exploded with five second half goals, with the hosts' opener coming courtesy of now-Los Blancos man and former FIFA Golden Boy victor Isco before Sergio Sanchez's own goal tied things up again. Real Madrid was caught after Casemiro was unable to have a control of the ball properly as the host threatened the defence of Real Madrid on three consecutive attempts but Keylor Navas was brilliant to save the shot for Real Madrid.

A fine free-kick from the playmaker that curled away from Roberto Jimenez was the 25th set-piece goal scored by Madrid, more than any LaLiga club this season, giving Zidane's men a first-half lead.

Zinedine Zidane has never lost in his four meetings against Malaga as coach, winning three and drawing the other.