PREVIEW: Atletico face Malaga test

Atletico Madrid need to secure a win against Malaga as Real Madrid are looking to catch up with them in second place with a win against Barcelona earlier on Saturday.

Football News: Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid, who boosted by their own passage to the Copa del Rey final by seeing off Sevilla, will look to try to take advantage of Barcelona's defeat to Real Madrid when they travel to face Malaga on Sunday.

Coach Diego Simeone told a press conference: "For us it is the wrong time to talk about the final, although we are glad people will be going to work happy. But we now have to focus on our game against Malaga."

Sevilla will look to recover from their cup disappointment when they face struggling Celta Vigo while Real Sociedad are snapping at Malaga's heels as the chase for the fourth and final Champions League spot hots up, and they will be looking to pick up a victory against Real Betis.

Real Valladolid will travel to Espanyol. 

Meanwhile on Sunday, relegation-threatened Real Mallorca won their first game in 10 games with a 2-1 win over Granada.

Saturday's Round-Up

Real Madrid had one eye on their Champions League tie with Manchester United but still had enough to take El Clasico honours against Barcelona on Saturday.

A 2-1 victory may not be enough to get Jose Mourinho`s side back in the title race - they are 13 points behind - but it was a notable scalp for the capital club, who started without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Arbeloa.

A much-changed side mattered little for in-form Madrid, though, and Karim Benzema put them 1-0 ahead with 13 minutes gone, only for Lionel Messi to level 10 minutes later.

Sergio Ramos would have the last word with the winner nine minutes from time, but there was still room for drama as Barca keeper Victor Valdes was sent off following the final whistle for arguing with referee Miguel Angel Perez Lasa.

There was not as much to talk about in the game between Deportivo La Coruna and Rayo Vallecano, however, with the match ending 0-0.

Depor did bring to an end their six-match losing streak but still remain deep in trouble at the foot of the La Liga table after being held at home.

It might have been even worse for the Galician side after they found themselves on the back foot for much of the first half and then reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when veteran defender Carlos Marchena was sent off.

Athletic Bilbao eased their drop fears with a much-needed victory over local rivals Osasuna at the Reyno de Navarra stadium to move six points clear of the relegation zone.

A volleyed goal by Markel Susaeta midway through the second half was enough to give Marcelo Bielsa's side the three points, but the Navarrans were superior for large periods of the match.

Friday's only game saw Getafe beat Real Zaragoza 2-0.

Friday's La Liga Result(s)

Getafe 2-0 Real Zaragoza

Saturday's La Liga Fixture(s)

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Karanka praises Real reserves

Roura upbeat despite defeat

Deportivo 0-0 Vallecano

Osasuna 0-1 Athletic Bilbao

Valencia 2-2 Levante

Sunday's La Liga Fixture(s)

Granada 1-2 Mallorca

Espanyol vs Valladolid

Malaga vs Atletico Madrid

Real Sociedad vs Real Betis

Monday's La Liga Fixture(s)

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo



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