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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Mar 3, 2011

Real thrash Malaga, Racing held

Maneul Pellegrini endured a miserable return to the Bernabeu as Real Madrid thrashed Malaga 7-0.

Madrid, looking to bounce back from their disappointing goalless draw at Deportivo La Coruna, had the match all but sewn up by half-time after building a 3-0 lead through goals from Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Marcelo.

Cristiano Ronaldo then took centre-stage with three goals after the break - his first strikes in five games - while Benzema added a second as Madrid recorded their biggest league win under Jose Mourinho.

Ronaldo asked to leave the pitch immediately after scoring his third goal and Madrid's seventh in the 77 minute, leaving the hosts with ten men for the remainder of the match having used all three substitutes.

Malaga were already a man down by that stage, though, with defender Manolo Gaspar having been dismissed in the 67th minute after conceding a penalty.

In the night's other game, Almeria and Racing Santander shared a 1-1 draw in a game both teams will feel they should have won.

Racing played with a man down from the 17th minute, when Henrique was sent off, but took the lead through Gonzalo Colsa after 37 minutes. Adrian Gonzalez missed a penalty for Almeria six minutes later, but Albert Crusat levelled after 64 minutes.

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