Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe: Crisis, what crisis? Karim Benzema hits quickfire double as Zinedine Zidane’s injury-ravaged side rise to second in LaLiga to keep pressure on leaders Atletico
- Benzema broke the deadlock on the hour before Mendy scored six minutes later
- The victory lifted Zidane’s side clear of Barcelona in second place in LaLiga
- But they are five points behind leaders Atletico and played two games more
Real Madrid showed they have no intention of throwing in the towel in the Spanish title race although coach Zinedine Zidane did exactly that in his dug-out in the last minutes of this 2-0 win.
The Frenchman was wiping his face having stood for 90 minutes on the touchline in the pouring rain when he threw the towel forcefully to the ground clearly not happy about something, but he can only have been pleased with the way his team made light work of their neighbours in the second half to move within five points of Atletico Madrid, albeit having played two games more.
Madrid’s first goal came on the hour and it was Vinicius providing the assist for Benzema. The Madrid top scorer has not always shown his appreciation for the Brazilian but was quick to credit him here as his curling centre was perfect for the bullet header past David Soria.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a header against Getafe
Vinicius’ cross from the right was headed home by Benzema on the hour mark
REAL MADRID: Courtois, Nacho, Varane, Mendy, Akinlabi Park (Arribas Calvoat 55), Casemiro, Modric, Marcelo (Chustat 86), Asensio (Isco 76), Benzemam, Vinícius Júnior
GOALS: Benzema (60), Mendy (66)
GETAFE: Soria, Suárez, Cabaco (Timor 73), ChaklA, Olivera, Portillo (Aleñá 55) Maksimovic, Arambarri, Cucurella (Ünal 73), Rodríguez (Kubo 55), Hernández Suárez (Mata 54)
And just six minutes later Ferland Mendy drove into the box and managed to slide on to Marcelo’s cross to make it 2-0. Getafe defenders were spectators for both goals and it does seem that the ferocious intensity that made them so tough to beat in recent seasons has deserted them leaving them just four points above a relegation battle they may soon have to participate in.
For Madrid it’s the other end of the table that concerns them and while Atletico still have a huge advantage this display is a reminder that they will not give up their title easily.
Zidane was down to just 12 first team players for this game and he left Isco out of the starting line-up in favour of 19-year-old Marvin Park. A youngster brought up in Mallorca but who spent three years playing at Tranmere from the age of nine before moving back to Spain, was bright in the first half.
Benzema came closest to scoring in the first 45 minutes when he headed Luka Modric’s corner on to the bar.
Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy doubled their lead in the 66th minute on Tuesday night
He also had the best chance of the second half before the deadlock was broken with a shot well saved by Soria.
‘We can’t worry about the other teams we just have to keep on this run,’ said Zidane who was without Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Rodrygo Goes, Fede Valverde, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez due to injury.
‘I don’t believe that Madrid fans have given up on us winning the league,’ added Zidane. ‘We know there will be difficulties but there is a long way to go and they expect us to keep fighting.’
Mendy starting the move with a strong run from midfield before sliding in a cross from Marcelo
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