Malaga CF head coach Manuel Pellegrini points to one of his players during the La Liga match between Malaga CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio La Rosaleda in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

La Liga 2011, Week 13: Malaga Defeat Villarreal To Go Fifth

Malaga are back in the race for Champions League and Villarreal aren't any farther away from the drop zone, thanks to goals from Jeremy Toulalan and Isco.

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Malaga Vs. Villarreal, 2011 La Liga: Full Time, Malaga Up To Fifth With Win

Some poor defending and a rough patch of form had free-spending Malaga disappointing fans early in La Liga's season, but they're now up to fifth place in the league, thanks to a 2-1 win over Villarreal on Monday. For the Yellow Submarine, it's yet another woeful loss in a season that's already one to forget. They have just 12 points in the league and are only two points above the drop zone.

Malaga battered Villarreal to start the match and could have had three goals by the time their first went in, just five minutes into the match. Defensive midfielder and sometimes defender Jeremy Toulalan was the unlikely scorer, heading in a corner kick from Santi Cazorla.

Villarreal quickly equalized with a fantastic goal of their own on the counter attack. Running onto a great through-ball by Borja ValeroMarco Ruben placed a shot into the back of the net from inside of the penalty area, equalizing for the Yellow Submarine. 

The match was fairly even for the rest of the second half, with Malaga having the slight advantage in possession and chances. They would eventually capitalize in the 40th minute, with Isco scoring the goal. Jose Solomon Rondon created the opportunity with a shot from a narrow angle that was saved by Diego Lopez, but Isco pounced on the rebound and gave his team a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

While Malaga were the better side for most of the second half, the game was put into doubt late when Jeremy Toulalan was questionably sent off for picking up two yellow cards in the 75th minute. Villarreal had multiple chances to equalize, but Malaga held on for the three points as Wilfredo Caballero made a couple of very good saves down the stretch, with the best coming on Ruben in the 84th minute.

Malaga now sit three points out of the final Champions League spot, currently occupied by Levante.

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Getafe Vs. Barcelona, 2011 La Liga: Full Time, Getafe Take All Three Points In Stunner

In the first half of the match between Getafe and Barcelona, very little happened. Barcelona failed to create chances and Getafe succeeded at making the game ugly. It was exactly what they wanted. In the beginning of the second half, nothing changed at all. It looked as if Getafe were going to give cross-town rivals Real Madrid a massive boost in the title race by nicking a 0-0 draw. Then, the goal happened.

In the 67th minute, Valera rose up in the box to get on the end of a corner kick by Pablo Sarabia. He got up above the Barcelona defense and placed his header perfectly to the far post, eluding Victor Valdes and giving Getafe a miracle goal. It was the only shot that hit the target for them in their incredible 1-0 win.

Barcelona played their regular game, keeping possession and playing short passes, but the off the ball movement in the box was non-existent. When David Villa got chances, he completely threw them away. It was an exceptionally poor performance, even by Villa's standards over the last year.

Los Cules almost found a late equalizer, when Xavi played a brilliant long ball into the box for Lionel Messi to run onto. You would have put money on Messi to score, but he struck the post. 

Barcelona now trail Real Madrid by six points in La Liga.

For more on the Blaugranas, check out Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on the entire world of football, head over to SB Nation Soccer.

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Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid, 2011 La Liga: Full Time, Red Cards Gift Los Merengues Easy Win

Atletico Madrid got off to a brilliant start in the Madrid derby, taking an early 1-0 lead for Real Madrid. Unfortunately for them and for the neutrals, They could only keep 11 men on the pitch for another seven minutes. Once Thibaut Courtois was sent off, the game completely changed and a win for Los Merengues was inevitable. It took until four minutes into the second half for them to take the lead, but once they did, the match was over as they won by a final score of 4-1.

Adrian scored the opener with a brilliant finish off of a through ball by Eduardo Salvio in the 15th minute. It looked like we were going to have a brilliant derby to watch until the 22nd minute, when Courtois was sent off for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity on his foul of Karim Benzema. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to take the penalty and finished past Sergio Asenjo, equalizing for Real.

They found the winner in the 49th minute, as Cristiano provided Angel di Maria with a great assist. After a run down the left, Ronaldo played a low cross through the defense that fell for di Maria, who put his team up with a brilliant, unstoppable finish. Gonzalo Higuain came on as a substitute for di Maria and found a goal of his own, scoring in the 65th minute. 

Atletico couldn't manage to finish with 10 men on the pitch, as Diego Godin was sent off in the 81st minute for his foul on Higuain. Ronaldo converted the penalty to complete his brace and a 4-1 win for his side.

For more from La Liga, including live coverage of Barcelona vs. Getafe, check out our La Liga Week 13 StoryStream. For more on Los Merengues, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more on the entire world of football, head over to SB Nation Soccer.

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Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid, 2011 La Liga: Halftime, Atleti Just Barely Hanging On

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are tied at a score of 1-1 at halftime in the Madrid derby, but it probably won't be that way for long. Atleti are currently playing with ten men, and they have been for quite some time. Real Madrid have, unsurprisingly, been very much on top since Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off, but haven't been able to find more than one goal.

Atletico Madrid stunned the Santiago Bernabeu with the first goal of the evening, scored by Adrian in the 15th minute. At that point in the game, Real were still settling into the game and still working on establishing their rhythm, so it would be unfair to call the goal against the run of play. Eduardo Salvio provided the assist with Diego providing an important dummy, as Adrian ran onto a ball in the box and finished at a narrow angle from ten yards. There was an appeal for offside and it was very close, but the linesman probably got the call correct.

The lead didn't last long. Courtois fouled Karim Benzema in the penalty area in the 22nd minute, denying him a clear goal scoring opportunity. Unfortunately for Atleti and the neutrals who wanted to see 11 v 11 for 90 minutes, the referee correctly granted a penalty and showed Courtois a straight red card. After a delay for a substitution, Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty as Sergio Asenjo - who came on for Diego - was unable to make a save.

Los Merengues piled on the pressure from then until the end of the half, amassing 70 percent of the possession, but couldn't find a second goal. At this point, it seems completely inevitable.

For more from La Liga, including live coverage of Barcelona vs. Getafe, check out our La Liga Week 13 StoryStream. For more on Los Merengues, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more on the entire world of football, head over to SB Nation Soccer.

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