Real Madrid won 1-2 in the 8th week of the regular season against Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, in another derby of the Spanish capital. This was a very important game for Los Blancos because Getafe are doing a good season in their return to La Liga and Real Madrid had to keep Barcelona’s track in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane decided to do many changes in the line up thinking in the Champions League clash against Tottenham next Tuesday. The french manager introduced the youngster Acrhaf in the right back, Marcos Llorente playing as a stopper replacing Casemiro and Kiko Casilla between the sticks. We can highlight that this was the first time since Cardiff’s final, that Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema coincide in the pitch.
The match started with Real Madrid having the ball possession because Getafe are a side who likes to defend in their own pith with the goal of steal the ball quickly and look for a counterattack. In the 10th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo had a great chance to open the scoreboard after a brilliant move of Benzema, but Guaita prevented it with a good save. Los Blancos couldn’t find the way to create danger because the team managed by Bordalás were playing with a lot of intensity, doing numerous faults and without letting Real Madrid play with continuity.
Finally, in the 39th minute Benzema scored the first goal for Real Madrid in a very good play, finishing with a shot into the bottom corner. These were very good news for the team managed by Zidane because there were not many minutes remaining to finish the first half.
The second half started with Getafe letting more spaces in the defense because they had to attack and play more offensive. In the 55th minute the team managed by Bordalás achieved the goal that gave them the draw with an unlucky own goal of Marcos Llorente in a possible offside. Now it was the moment to have patience and control the game because Getafe were growing with the pass of the minutes and they were having certain danger in the counterattacks.
In the 71st minute Zidane decided to do two changes replacing Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez by Isco and The Hernández, looking for more dynamism and verticality in the attack. Los Blancos were having many mistakes in the defense and they weren’t creating clear chances to score the goal of the victory, so the French manager decided to do his last substitution replacing Benzema by Mayoral. Suddenly, in the 85th minute Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goal of the triumph with a great finish after a wonderful assist of Isco, that in only 10 minutes he changed the game, being the player who connected the midfield with the attack.
Finally, Real Madrid achieved the victory in a very tough game against a team who is very solid and plays with a lot of intensity. Now Los Blancos must focus in the Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Santiago Bernabéu next Tuesday.