Malaga vs Real Madrid preview, betting tips and prediction
April 12, 2018
Given a mighty scare in midweek, Real Madrid fans almost suffered an identical European exit to rivals Barcelona against Juventus in midweek. Madrid fans cackled with glee at the humiliation suffered by Barcelona on Tuesday night, a three-goal lead wiped out by a heroic performance by a Serie A side, only to narrowly avoid the same fate 24 hours later.
Only a controversial stoppage-time penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo secured Madrid’s passage to the semi-finals. And they celebrated as though it was never in doubt, as though their display at the Bernabeu warranted a place in the last four. Maybe it was just as well. Maybe they’re better off celebrating coming through the test put before them, that near-death experience.
Zinedine Zidane will demand a much better shift this weekend and can expect a return to the standards expected of the Champions League holders when they travel to Malaga in La Liga. Rock bottom of the division, Malaga lost a relegation six-pointer against Deportivo last weekend and could get a kicking while they’re down from a forward keen to fill his boots.