Weligton headed over and Baha shot into the stands.
They did take the lead though with just 20 minutes left in the match when Duda was barged over in the box by Gago and Apoño converted from the spot, smashing past the Spanish keeper and giving him no chance.
Gago, cleary tackled the ball way from the attacker and then Duda thought “OO i lost the ball, its time to take a dive” and so he did. Real Madrid again being targeted by the referees, I wonder why doesn’t the same happen to Barcelona, if people say that Real Madrid are just being too paranoid.
It was a highly debatable penalty but Real Madrid didn’t dwell on it for too long as, in sensational style, they went up the other end and scored straight from the kick-off (within seconds actually), with Higuaín grabbing his hat-trick.
Higuain received the ball in space and dribbled with it before shooting low and hard to spark wild celebrations from himself and all Real Madrid fans.
I was like “Yayyyy, whos your daddy now suckers!!! “because first I was upset about the Ramos red card and then the stupid penalty, plus the two stupid ( i use the word stupid a lot, I know, I am going to use th theasarus from now on to improve my vocabulary) goals conceded by Real Madrid’s defence.
It was a superb comeback from Real Madrid, for the third time, and things got even better for them just minutes later as the referee awarded the third penalty of the game, this time for the home side.
Van Der Vaart played the ball into the box for Higuaín and he was tripped from behind by Javier Calleja only to get up and dust himself off, see his penalty saved and then tap in the rebound for his fourth goal of the game.
The Bernabéu went crazy as Real Madrid went ahead for the first time in the match with just ten minutes left but they could so easily have been pegged back had the finishing been better from Málaga.
Baha was guilty of missing a good chance as he shot at Casillasjust after Van DerVaart had forced Arnau to dive at his feet at the other end.
Then late on, substitute Albert Luque saw a shot whistle past the post, while Málaga desperately pressed for a goal that would salvage the point they seemed to have earned.
However, it was not to be as the referee called time on a sensational match in the Bernabéu which was decided by the finishing of Gonzalo Higuaín.
Haha and Real Madrid won. Screw you Malaga. Seriously, I hate teams who play on the counter attack against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. I just hate this cheap tactic (though it is a very professional one).
Sucker of the day award went to Heinze and Sergio Ramos. Two undoubted worse men on the pitch for Real Madrid, for the obvious reasons.
My player of the day was Guti.
Guti thrilled the fans at Bernabeu, pulling rank when his team had only ten men on the pitch.
Forty-eight of his 56 passes reached their target despite Antonio Tapia’s fierce marking.
Amazingl Guti also helped in defence, always fighting for the ball and pulling off several steals that were crucial in the Whites’ comeback.
Guti’s excellent performance is of even greater merit when taking into account that he came back from an injury just two weeks ago and that his first game as a starter after his recovery was the recent clash with Juventus.
Here are some post match comments:
“We were forced to replace Sneijder with Míchel Salgado in order to balance the team. The fact that we had one player less on the pitch didn’t change our tactics. We always thought we could win the match.”
“The penalty and Ramos’ red card made us stronger. We proved to grow stronger against adversity last year. We are the only team capable of this, but I would prefer to win some other way.”
“We hardly have time for anything. We have a new game every three days. Victories like this boost our morale and we have to try to improve on our mistakes in our next fixtures. We hardly have time to work in our training sessions, but this victory has made the team psychologically stronger.”
“I didn’t have a clear view on Ramos’ tackle, but I was nevertheless surprised by the red card booking.”
“I didn’t see the tackle that gave us the second penalty either, but judging from my men’s reaction it looked like a penalty.”
“Higuaín was obviously playing in his natural position tonight; that’s where we can use his speed and dribbling skills. His spirit is high this year and we can use that. I’m happy for him. I told him he could try to take penalties differently.”
Higuain (the goal scorer himself)
The team showed courage throughout the entire match and that’s why we won.”
“It’s important to thrill the fans and make them support us like they did tonight. It’s good to try to get them going sometimes. They were great today and I’m glad we were able to pay them back with a victory.”
“The fact that we took the three home points is very important. We should try to be calmer. We have tough games ahead of us and we’ll have to play much better.”
“I always try to do my best and today has been a great day for me. I want to give Ruud all my support. He should be patient. He has our support. I am very happy with my performance, but the rest of team also played very well.”
“I think our last penalty was properly awarded. It was a very fast tackle, but I think the ref was right.”
Real Madrid 4-3 Málaga
0-1 `5 Eliseu
1-1 `7 Higuaín
1-2 `17 Baha
2-2 `36 Higuaín
2-3 `69 Apoño
3-3 `71 Higuaín
4-3 `78 Higuaín
Bookings: `35 Weligton, `39 Heinze, `42 Higuaín, `68 Gago, `73 Duda, `82 Apoño
Sendings Off: `43 Ramos
Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Heinze, Marcelo, Gago, Sneijder (`45 Salgado), Guti, Drenthe (`73 Saviola), Van der Vaart (`83 Diarrá), Higuaín
Málaga: Arnau, Jesús Gámez, Helder Rosario, Welligton, Calleja, Miguel Ángel (`82 Fernando), Apoño, Eliseu (`62 Nacho), Duda, Baha, Adrián (`82 Luque)