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Mar 18, 2012 at 8.30pm UK at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
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On this day: Santi Cazorla ends Real Madrid winning run

Three years ago today, a stoppage-time equaliser from Malaga's Santi Cazorla denied Real Madrid a 12th straight victory.

Today, Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini are in charge of the two top teams in English football.

The duo have history prior to their recent reunion in the Premier League, though, having both managed sides in the Spanish top flight at the same time.

However, as far as their head-to-head record goes, there is a clear victor. Pellegrini has beaten his Portuguese counterpart only once, while Mourinho can boast seven victories.

There have also been a trio of draws, one of which was played out three years ago today as Mourinho's Real Madrid played host to Malaga in the Bernabeu.

Despite the fact that Pellegrini's visitors, who sat in fourth place and had genuine aspirations of qualifying for the following campaign's Champions League, were making an impression in La Liga, Madrid topped the standings.

What's more, they had won their previous 11 games in a row and held a seven-point lead over rivals Barcelona.

So, when Karim Benzema headed in Cristiano Ronaldo's cross at the back post to break the deadlock in the 35th minute, a 12th successive victory appeared to be on the cards.

The home side went for the jugular after the restart, but Ronaldo was twice denied by Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, while both Benzema and Jose Callejon failed to hit the target when well placed.

Nevertheless, it seemed that Madrid's inability to double their advantage was going to go unpunished - that was until Santi Cazorla lined up a shot at a set-piece situation 25 yards from goal.

The diminutive playmaker sent his effort towards the side of the goal that had been covered by Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, but such was the pace and accuracy produced by Malaga's number 12, the ball flew into the top corner of the net, stunning the home faithful into silence.

MADRID: Casillas; Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Diarra; Khedira, Alonso; Kaka (Callejon), Ozil (Granero), Ronaldo; Benzema (Higuain)

MALAGA: Caballero; Monreal, Mathijsen, Demichelis, Welington; Sanchez, Camacho; Isco (Eliseu), Cazorla, Joaquin (Fernandez); Rondon (Van Nistelrooy)

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