Malaga 1 Real Madrid 2: Three things we learnt

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Is there any stopping the Real Madrid runaway train at present? Now 16 wins on the spin and counting, this Carlo Ancelotti vintage has broken the club's all-time record.

Two more wins, against Cornella in the Copa del Rey and against Celta Vigo in La Liga, and Real will equal Barcelona's all-time record, and a win against Ludogorets in the final Champions League group game will put them out on their own.

57 goals in those games are indicative of just how menacing Los Blancos are to play against.

Let's take a look at three things we learned from the game:

Ronaldo doesn't just score goals

Much has been made of the way in which Cristiano Ronaldo has begun the season, and the game against Malaga was actually the first time in 11 games where the Portuguese hadn't scored.

No matter. His assist to Karim Benzema for the opener was right out of the top drawer. Four stepovers and a quick turn of pace took him to the byline and a pinpoint cut-back was meat and drink for the Frenchman.

His second assist was even better, neatly guiding his header from Marcelo's long ball right to the feet of Gareth Bale allowing the Welshman to take the ball in his stride and fire home with aplomb.

Isco's sending off

Isco is finally enjoying a decent run in the Madrid side, and his exuberance at the same was always likely to spill over at the home of his old employers.

He was like a whirling dervish the entire game, but his sending off was unfortunate. Certainly not a nasty player, replays show that the youngster even wn the ball in the challenge where he was given his second yellow, and ultimately a red.

As he trundled off, La Rosaleda showed their appreciation as the crowd rose in unison to applaud of one of their own, "Isco, Isco, Isco" ringing out into the night sky.

Casillas silences the doubters

When Iker Casillas allowed a ball to slip through his fingers early in the game, you had a feeling the headline writers might already have been scribbling away, but big game players always come to the fore when the going gets tough.

In a sign of the true character of the man, Casillas stood up to be counted and his save from a free kick late in the game with the scores still at 0-2, was right out of the top bracket.

Diving headlong toward the post, Casillas had to simultaneously parry the ball far enough away from goal as to avert any danger, whilst also turning his body in mid air to ensure he didn't collide with the post.

Given the accuracy of the strike, that was no easy task but it was one that the Spaniard was up to, and ultimately won them the game given Malaga's late consolation.

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