Malaga vs. Real Madrid

KarimBenzema- Cropped

KarimBenzema- Cropped

Real Madrid return to action in La Liga on Sunday after their narrow escape in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Before then, Real turn their attention to Sunday's trip to Malaga in La Liga, where they sit fourth in the table, 15 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

The Galacticos progressed to the semi-finals by the skin of their teeth, nearly blowing a 3-0 first-leg lead against Juventus but ultimately going through thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's 97rd-minute penalty in Madrid to win 4-3 on aggregate.

Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, is set to return to what is expected to be a heavily rotated lineup this weekend after missing the defeat to Juventus through suspension.

Nacho is injured for the first time in his career after picking up a muscle problem the recent win at Las Palmas, but Real should have an otherwise fully fit squad.

However, two strikes in three minutes from former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City man Roque Santa Cruz meant even Karim Benzema's finish with eight minutes remaining was not enough to deprive the Estadio La Rosaleda faithful a Christmas to remember.

Gareth Bale could also get another chance after he was withdrawn at half-time in the Champions League clash.

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Malaga face challenging the free-scoring Los Blancos with a lengthy injury list, with veteran midfielder Recio and Venezuelan attacking duo Adalberto Penaranda and Juanpi Anor all unavailable. Luis Hernandez misses out through suspension.

Premier League club Liverpool are eyeing a summer move for Real Madrid star Lucas Vazquez in the summer, Don Balon reports.

In the United States (US), the match is live on beIN Sports and kicks off at 14:45 ET.

Real have won 24 of their last 33 league meetings with Malaga, losing just once.

"There's no reason for us to believe that this game will be any more hard than the rest of them".

Madrid have scored in each of their last 19 top-flight visits to Andalusia (52 goals at an average of 2.7 goals per game). Real Madrid clinched La Liga last season by winning this fixture on the last day of the campaign.

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