Real Madrid’s advantage at the top of the table was extended with a 2-0 victory against Getafe.
If the positive performance against Chelsea in midweek wasn’t enough to pique Madrid supporters’ interest, the announcement of many rotations for today’s game against Getafe should do the job. Marcelo, Eduardo Camavinga, Lucas Vázquez, and Rodrygo Goes all came into the side as the second leg approached. There wasn’t enough place on the bench for Gareth Bale or Marco Asensio, who were named with several of the regulars who would be getting some much-needed rest. After several shaky performances in La Liga gave rival fans a glimmer of optimism, this game was as vital as any other in terms of grinding out a victory. Today, Marcelo captained the team.
Despite the enjoyable options, the game quickly became an eye ache. After Benzema’s early shot was ruled offside, the game reverted to a familiar pattern, with Getafe playing deep and Los Blancos crossing many attempts into a crowded penalty area.
Valverde and Camavinga, to their credit, greatly aided the hosts in keeping pressure on the Getafe defense, with the Frenchman being especially tenacious out of possession. The first goal came after a lot of probing and another moment of magic from Vinicius. Casemiro bundled in his outside of the boot cross for the Brazilian’s first goal of the season.
If you thought that may start things off, you haven’t been paying attention. Undaunted by the deficit, Getafe returned to their strengths, enabling Real Madrid to play in front of them while limiting opportunities. The lead did boost Real’s confidence and created some amusing scenes between Marcelo and Vini. However, it wasn’t until Lucas Vazquez increased the advantage after some wonderful interaction with Rodrygo on the right that the match was really over.
Before Getafe clipped the post at the conclusion of normal time, a Gareth Bale cameo was possibly the most exciting moment in the last quarter. With 21 points remaining, Real Madrid moves 12 points ahead of Sevilla in second place. Ancelotti’s side will have two days off before the return game against Chelsea on Tuesday.