La Liga review

Real downed at Malaga

December 22, 2012
By ESPN staff
Real Madrid's fading title hopes were handed what could have been a knock-out blow as the stuttering champions slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Malaga to fall 16 points behind Primera Division leaders Barcelona.

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Substitute Roque Santa Cruz struck twice in three second-half minutes to help fourth-placed Malaga heap the pressure on Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who created a surprise by dropping captain Iker Casillas from his starting line-up.

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