Cazorla free kick gives Malaga 1-1 draw at Madrid

PAUL LOGOTHETIS AP Sports Writer Published:

MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw by Malaga after conceding a stoppage-time equalizer from Santi Cazorla's spectacular free kick on Sunday, cutting its lead in the Spanish league to eight points over Barcelona.

Karim Benzema marked his first start back from injury with a 35th-minute headed goal at the far post from Cristiano Ronaldo's perfect cross.

Malaga withstood the hosts' numerous second-half chances before Cazorla curled the ball over the defensive wall and into the far corner beyond goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the second minute of added time.

Malaga is only team apart from Barcelona to take points from Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium this season.