Real Madrid beat Malaga 1-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, securing their first clean sheet at home of the season in La Liga in the progress.
Angel di Maria's cross deceived everyone to open the scoring in the second half, before Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty sealed it in stoppage time.
Here are the Madrid player ratings.
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Diego Lopez: Made an early, comfortable, save from Samuel Garcia, but had little to do in the first 45 minutes other than that.
Dani Carvajal: Got forward well to support Di Maria and saw one of his many good deliveries headed home by Morara—unfortunately the flag was up.
Sergio Ramos: Untroubled defensively, Ramos did lead many Madrid attacks from the back and may feel he could have done better with an early header.
Pepe: As with Ramos, was largely restricted to a watching role from the back.
Marcelo: Not as involved as he was on his comeback against Levante, partly due to Madrid's indulgence to attack down the right.
Asier Illarramendi: Completed 92 percent of his 37 passes in his most encouraging half in a Real Madrid shirt yet, via WhoScored.com.
Sami Khedira: Showed some encouraging touched in a more advanced role, however was let down by his final pass a couple of times.
Angel di Maria: Started well, testing Willy Caballero twice, and linked well with Carvajal, but his involvement lessened as the half wore on.
Isco: Tried to dictate the game, created some nice openings but didn't quite have the effect he would have hoped for in the first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Missed two chances—one on his left, the other on his right—which normally he would have expected to score blind folded.
Alvaro Morata: Worked hard and created space well. Did have the ball in the net once, only to see the flag up, and was foiled on two occasions by the impressive Willy.
Diego Lopez: Malaga disappointingly failed to test Lopez in the second half, leaving him with little more than a few goal kicks to contend with.
Dani Carvajal: Continues to press the case for his inclusion ahead of Alvaro Arbeloa at both club and international level. Assured in both attack and defence.
Sergio Ramos: A captain's performance, if not over busy defensively. Ramos led Madrid from the back on what proved a comfortable afternoon for him.
Pepe: Did what he had to do, but is sure to have a battle on his hands when Raphael Varane returns to fitness—which could be in time for Barcelona next week.
Marcelo: Delivered one killer cross for Ronaldo—the flag was up though—but the biggest thing was another 90 minutes, considering his recent injury setback.
Asier Illarramendi: An assured performance from Illarramendi—are Madrid about to see the best of him just before El Clasico? With 76 passes, he was the matches busiest player, via WhoScored.
Sami Khedira: Got forward well and found good positions, but lacked the quality to really do any harm in the final third.
Angel di Maria: He might nit have meant his goal, but it was a cracking delivery anyway. Cause problems down Malaga's left all afternoon and looked comfortable linking up with Carvajal.
Isco: Huffed and puffed but struggled to get the better of his former side before he was replaced in the second period. He was still neat and tidy in possession, but lacked the cutting edge.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Racked up 11 shots according to WhoScored, but it was only a stoppage time penalty which allowed him to beat Caballero—should have scored more.
Alvaro Morata: The Bernabeu chanted his name when he was replaced by Gareth Bale, and deservedly so. Morata worked hard, looked intelligent with and without the ball and was unlucky not to score against an inspirational Caballero.
Luka Modric: Will have been disappointed not to start, and equally disappointed to have been given so little time to impress ahead of El Clasico.
Gareth Bale: Won the Madrid penalty, although he looked a bit nervous in his brief cameo.
Jese Rodriguez: Was only on for a short while, but set up a great chance for Ronaldo and was denied by a wonderful Caballero save.
Samuel Marsden is a journalist based in Barcelona, Spain. You can follow updates from La Liga via his Twitter account: