The former Blackburn and Manchester city striker Roque Santa Cruz has increased the pressure on the Real Madrid manager José Mourinho by scoring two goals in the recent 3-2 victory over Real Madrid. Malaga were the surprise winners from the match after Real Madrid were expected to get three points comfortably despite the good form shown by the opponents this season. Malaga had an impressive record in the la Liga and Champions League this season, but they were not expected to be of great trouble to Real Madrid. Due to the fact that Real Madrid suffered a defeat in the match, they are now 16 points behind archrivals Barcelona.

The manager José Mourinho also said that it was now impossible for the club to retain the title. He is widely expected to leave the club at the end of the season due to the poor showing in the league. Roque Santa Cruz, who was the forgotten man from the Manchester city days, has been in impressive form for Malaga. He has scored five goals in 14 appearances he has made this season. His goals have helped Malaga move to the fourth position in the league just two points behind the Spanish giant Real Madrid. Isco opened scoring for Malaga before Sergio Sánchez scored an own goal to give Real Madrid the equaliser.

Then, Santa Cruz managed to score two goals in the space of 3 min to give Malaga a comfortable lead going into the final few minutes of the match. Even the 82nd minute goal from Karim Benzema was not enough to give Real Madrid even a point from the match. This defeat also means that Real Madrid fall seven points behind their rivals Atletico Madrid, who continue to remain in the second position. They have 40 points on the board.