In a commanding performance, Real Madrid claimed a 2-0 victory against local rivals Getafe, securing their return to the top of LaLiga, now two points clear of surprise package Girona. Spanish forward Joselu starred with two goals, propelling Real Madrid to the summit. Joselu’s first goal came in the 14th minute, a towering header from Dani Carvajal’s cross, giving the visitors an early lead. Despite Getafe’s goalkeeper, David Soria, making a one-handed save on Joselu’s shot in the 38th minute, Real maintained control.
Facing an injury setback as centre-back Antonio Rudiger did not return after halftime due to a leg injury, Real Madrid continued their dominance. Mason Greenwood had an opportunity to level for Getafe in the 51st minute, but his strike hit the post. Joselu extended Real’s lead in the 56th minute with a low strike, assisted by a precise pass from Vinicius Jr.
Joselu missed a chance for a hat-trick when, during a quick counter-attack, he opted to set up Vinicius, whose chip went straight at Soria from close range. Getafe’s goalkeeper made impressive saves from Federico Valverde and Vinicius. Getafe’s Borja Mayoral capitalized on a mistake, but Real goalkeeper Andriy Lunin made a brilliant save to deflect the point-blank strike onto the post.
Despite missing key players such as Thibaut Courtois, David Alaba, and Eder Militao, Real Madrid showcased their depth. With 57 points, they are two ahead of Girona and hold a 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The upcoming matches against Atletico Madrid and Girona are crucial in the La Liga title race.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed hope for Rudiger’s recovery, emphasizing the importance of the next two games. Winning those matches would secure an additional six points, strengthening their position in the title race.
The victory against Getafe underscores Real Madrid’s determination to reclaim the LaLiga title, and with key fixtures ahead, their depth and resilience will be put to the test. Ancelotti remains focused on the challenges ahead, aiming to secure crucial points in the title run-in.
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