MALAGA (Sporting Alert) — Iker Casillas could only watch from the bench as Real Madrid were beaten 3-2 by Malaga at La Rosaleda in La Liga action on Saturday night.
Casillas was stunningly left out of the Real Madrid starting team by manager Jose Mourinho without a reason and his replacement Antonio Adan had to pick the ball from his net three times in the defeat.
A brace from Manchester City on loan forward Roque Santa Cruz and one from Isco setup Malaga’s victory, while an own goal by Sergio Sanchez and an 82nd minute finish from Karim Benzema, got the goals for Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed two great opportunities to score for the visitors, while Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema all squandered big chances to score for Mourinho’s team.
The defeat, which was the fourth for Madrid in the Spanish League and seventh overall this term, now leaves the defending champions 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, who defeated Real Valladolid 3-1 earlier today to cement their place as the best team in Spain this season.
The pressure continues to mount on Mourinho, which immediate suggestions linking the Portuguese coach with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu as early as January.
Malaga: Caballero, Monreal, Demichelis, Sanchez, Gamez, Joaquin, Camacho, Eliseu, Portillo, Isco, Saviola.
Subs: Kameni, Onyewu, Buonanotte, Duda, Iturra, Fernandez, Santa Cruz.
Real Madrid FC: Adán, Pepe, Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa, Essien, Khedira, Di María, Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
Subs: Casillas, Carvalho, Nacho, Kaka, Modric, Callejon, Morata