The visitors tried hard, largely dominating the game in an effort to draw level, but for all their endeavour and commitment, and despite such a poor performance from Luis Enrique’s side, Barça emerged with all the points, and it appears, one hand on the league trophy.
With the gap once more at five points, Real needed a win at home to Malaga to stay in touch. Sergio Ramos grabbed the first in the 24th minute but Malaga fought bravely and in an exciting second half, Real could not relax, especially after Cristiano Ronaldo slammed a 67th minute penalty against the post.
A piece of magic from James Rodriguez doubled their lead in the 69th as the Colombian found space on the edge of the box before curling an exquisite effort onto the postage stamp. Yet two minutes later Juanmi scored for Malaga and it was not until injury time when Chicharito crossed for Ronaldo to tap in unmarked that victory was assured.
Worryingly for Real, who were already missing QQ Online Karim Benzema through knee injury, Gareth Bale hobbled off after five minutes clutching his left lower leg and Luka Modric on the hour mark following …