Real Madrid 2 – 1 Malaga [La Liga] Highlights 2016/17 download
The club captain scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Malaga as Los Blancos returned to winning ways, but the Portuguese was disappointing once again.
So often he is the man for a crisis. Sergio Ramos’ own goal against Sevilla last weekend saw Real Madrid lose control and ultimately their unbeaten record as well. But on Saturday he was back scoring at the right end – and everyone at the club will be relieved after his latest contribution.
Ramos started the season with a late leveller against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup to force extra time in Trondheim and Madrid ultimately claimed the trophy. And he was there again in the last minute to head home a crucial equaliser in the Clasico clash at Camp Nou in December, before a last-gasp goal gave Real victory at home to Deportivo in their final Liga game of 2016 as well.
It has become a knack and the 30-year-old assumed the role of leader again on Saturday, heading home from a corner to make it 1-0 and then poking in another from a free-kick. He was fortunate to see the second stand as he was in an offside position, but he was there. He is always there.
And it was lucky that he was because Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema endured frustrating evenings, and both were whistled by fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.