Malaga share the spoils in Madrid

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Updated: March 19, 2012

Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga was cut to eight points on Sunday when a dramatic injury time goal from Santi Cazorla earned Malaga a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

The home side had been heading for their 12th successive win following a Karim Benzema header after 35 minutes until a Cazorla free-kick flew into the corner in the 92nd minute.

The result left Real eight points clear of Barcelona after the defending champions defeated Sevilla 2-0 on Saturday, goals from Xavi and Messi difference.

Earlier, striker Roberto Soldado scored a hat-trick as Valencia ran out 3-0 winners at Europa League rivals Athletic Bilbao to strengthen their hold on third place.

Levante, continued to defy predictions with a 1-0 victory at home to regional rivals Villarreal, Xavi Torres scored in the 92nd minute and caused Villarreal to sack their coach Jose Molina. They lie 17th with 27 points, three above the relegation places.

Ten-man Real Mallorca overcame Atletico 2-1 at home, the match turning in a crazy 10 minutes at the start of the second half.