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February 21, 2016

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal but missed a penalty as Real Madrid was held 1-1 at Malaga on Sunday to drop nine points behind leader Barcelona.

Ronaldo put the visitors in front with a header in the 33rd minute but missed a chance to increase the lead a couple of minutes later when his spot-kick was saved by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

The hosts equalized through defender Raul Albentosa in the 66th.​

Madrid needed a victory to stay nearer the lead after Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.

Barcelona also has a nine-point advantage over Atletico Madrid, which hosts fourth-place Villarreal later Sunday.

Real Madrid has 13 games left to try to stop Barcelona from successfully defending its title for a second consecutive year.

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