Real Madrid recovered from the loss of Gareth Bale in the fifth minute (and Luka Modric later on) to beat Malaga 3–1 and provide a few of the season’s most aesthetically satisfying moments.
The best of the bunch had to be the goal scored by James in the 69th minute. Between the passes and the placement of the shot, it just doesn’t get any better.
Not to be outdone, Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his own bit of skill with an exceptional and unique nutmeg.
And finally, in the second minute of added time, Ronaldo scored his 50th goal of the season after hitting the post with an earlier penalty attempt.
Ronaldo has 50 goals in all competitions for the 5th straight season.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 18, 2015
But since Barcelona beat Valencia 2–0 thanks in part to Lionel Messi scoing his 400th Barca goal, Real Madrid are still two points behind the leaders in La Liga.