Real Madrid dominated Malaga on Saturday but had to wait until the 90th minute and a fortuitous penalty before a 2-0 win was confirmed.
Cristiano Ronaldo converted after Gareth Bale, a second half substitute, had gone down under minimal pressure in the box, complementing Angel Di Maria's opener and clinching the three points for Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Despite the controversial nature of the late strike, Real were worthy of their win—with Bale's 15-minute cameo paving the way for him to feature against Juventus in the Champions League in midweek and then the Clasico with Barcelona next weekend.
Afterwards, Ancelotti said (per Football Italia):
It was a very good game. I hope we will play with the same intensity against Juventus in the Champions League next week.
We worked harder in defence. We focused on recovering possession faster and creating chances in attack – and that’s definitely something that happened this afternoon.
I'm happy with how we played, but we have to continue improving. Bale is fit to play. He has three days of training and then we will decide if he starts against Juve.
There was even more good news for Real later, with Barcelona's draw meaning they are now only three points behind their arch-rivals. Victory next weekend would erase that deficit entirely.
On Target: 15-1