Cristiano Ronaldo dominated Real Madrid’s 2-0 home win over Malaga in La Liga on Sunday, scoring two quickfire goals before being sent off in the second half.
Real were cruising when Ronaldo tried to spin away from the close attention of Malaga defender Patrick Mtiliga in his own half. As he tussled with the Dane, Ronaldo swung his arm behind him and caught Mtiliga in the face to earn a red card.
Barcelona top the standings with 49 points from 19 games. Real’s win cut Barca’s lead back to five points.
Wenger speaks out
Arsene Wenger defended his right to field a weakened team in Arsenal’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Stoke and insisted his desire to lift the Premier League title had been behind his decision.
Wenger made nine changes at the Britannia Stadium but will recall William Gallas, Thomas Vermalaen, Gael Clichy, Andrey Arshavin and Eduardo for the trip to Aston Villa on Wednesday.
‘Go if you’re not happy’
Man City manager Roberto Mancini admits he won’t stop Robinho if the Brazil forward is not happy at Eastlands. Robinho told a Brazilian radio station that City’s directors are happy to let him return home to join Santos on loan. Mancini denied any knowledge of an imminent exit for the former Real Madrid star but did concede that he would let him ‘leave if he isn’t happy’.
Inter win derby
Inter Milan landed a massive blow in the Serie A title tussle on Sunday, going nine points clear when they beat
AC Milan 2-0. Diego Milito struck the opener for Inter before Goran Pandev doubled the lead with a free kick in the 65th minute.
Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head early on Monday in an apparent robbery and was admitted at hospital, the Mexico City prosecutor said.