Cristiano Ronaldo misses penalty as Real Madrid’s title hopes recede

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(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes were left in tatters by a 1-1 draw at Malaga Sunday.

Needing a win to keep pace with leader Barcelona, Los Blancos slipped nine points adrift with just 13 games remaining of the Spanish league season.

    Ronaldo had headed Real ahead on 33 minutes in controversial fashion and was then pulled down by Weligton to earn the penalty award.

    The Portuguese star got up to take the spot kick, but saw his effort well saved to his left by home goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.


    In another fifth round tie Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur’s own hopes of the domestic double were ended by a shock 1-0 home defeat to fellow EPL side Crystal Palace.

    Tottenham, second in the EPL and still in the Europa League, exited through a Martin Kelly goal for the away side just before the break.

    Dele Alli’s first half shot for Spurs struck both posts and Harry Kane was twice brilliantly denied by away keeper Wayne Hennessey as Palace secured its first win at White Hart Lane since 1997.

    West Ham joined fellow London sides Palace and Chelsea in the last eight with a 5-1 win at Blackburn in the early kickoff.

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