Live Commentary: Malaga vs. Real Madrid - kickoff at 6.45pm
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Live Commentary: Malaga vs. Real Madrid - kickoff at 6.45pm

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Good evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Malaga and Real Madrid from La Rosaleda.

Malaga remain rooted to the bottom of Spain's top flight – 14 points from safety with just seven matches of the 2017-18 campaign left to play.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have dropped to fourth position in the table following their 1-1 draw with second-placed Atletico Madrid last weekend.

Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute coverage of the action.


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7.18pmZidane's side have actually lost more home league matches (3) than they have away (2) during the 2017-18 campaign. Only Barcelona have a better away record than Los Blancos this term, and the capital giants won 3-0 at Las Palmas when they visited Gran Canaria for their last away league fixture.

7.15pmValencia then beat Espanyol to move into third, and that is still the situation entering tonight's match. That said, Atletico are now seven points clear of fourth-placed Real Madrid following their win over Levante. It would be incredible if Real Madrid finished behind Barcelona, Atletico and Valencia.

7.12pm

7.08pmReal Madrid might be closing on what would be a stunning third straight Champions League title, but they currently sit fourth in La Liga. Zidane's side had the chance to move to within one point of second-placed Atletico Madrid last weekend, but the two capital rivals played out a 1-1 draw.

7.05pmSo there we have it. The two teams are in, and we are now just about 40 minutes from kickoff at La Rosaleda. I shall speak about Malaga a little bit later, but let's start with Real Madrid. As mentioned, Los Blancos secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League despite losing 3-1 to Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final. Indeed, a 98th-minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty proved to be the difference as the European champions set up a semi-final clash with Bayern Munich.

7.02pmAs for Real Madrid, head coach Zinedine Zidane has made six changes to the team that started against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale among those dropping out. Luka Modric, Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Toni Kroos are also absent, but Sergio Ramos is back from a European suspension to captain the Spanish champions.

Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio celebrates scoring against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup second leg on August 16, 2017© Offside


6.58pmBrown Ideye will make just his sixth La Liga start of the season at the tip of the Malaga attack tonight, while Chory Castro and Diego Rolan are also selected in the forward positions. There is plenty of experience at the back and indeed in midfield as Malaga look to shock the Spanish champions here.

6.55pmTEAMS!

MALAGA: Roberto; Rosales, Torres, Miquel, Ricca; Rolan, Lacen, Iturra, Chory; Adrian; Ideye

REAL MADRID: Navas; Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Theo; Kovacic, Casemiro, Isco; Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio


6.52pmRight, without further ado, let me bring you up-to-speed with the all-important team news from La Rosaleda. Malaga have had a free week to prepare for this match, but Real Madrid were in Champions League action on Wednesday night – booking their spot in the semi-finals of the competition despite losing 3-1 to Italian champions Juventus in the second leg of their last-eight tie. Any changes?

6.49pmMalaga have not beaten Real Madrid since a 3-2 home success in December 2012. Since then, the two teams have locked horns on 10 occasions in Spain's top flight, and Real Madrid have recorded eight wins. The reverse fixture at the Bernabeu earlier this season was extremely close, however, with the reigning Spanish champions only just collecting all the points courtesy of a 3-2 success.

6.46pmEvening all! Sports Mole's live La Liga coverage continues from La Rosaleda as 20th-placed Malaga welcome fourth-placed Real Madrid. Malaga remain rooted to the bottom of Spain's top flight – 14 points from safety with just seven matches of the 2017-18 campaign left to play. Real Madrid, meanwhile, have dropped to fourth position in the table following their 1-1 draw with second-placed Atletico Madrid last weekend, and are now seven points off their rivals in the table. Stay tuned!