Real Madrid look to take another step towards the LaLiga Santander title on Saturday night when they host Getafe at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos are in high spirits after their back to back wins over Celta Vigo and Chelsea, while Getafe managed to end their six-match winless run with a victory over Mallorca. Stay with us here on the live blog for all the pre-match build-up and then minute-by-minute updates from Real Madrid vs Getafe.
Real Madrid vs Getafe FULL TIME: 2-0
This is the very beginning of our Real Madrid vs Getafe live blog, as we bring you all the updates from this Saturday night meeting at the Bernabeu.
Buoyed by their Champions League victory over Chelsea on Wednesday, Real Madrid returned to domestic action against Getafe, and continued their march towards the LaLiga Santander title with a 2-0 victory.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been in a strong position in the league for much of the campaign, yet are now counting down the days until they officially win back the domestic title, which could happen as early as their next match against Sevilla.
Federico Valverde was rewarded for his excellent performance against Chelsea in midweek with another start by Ancelotti, but it was his midfield partner, Casemiro, who was the unlikely goalscorer after 38 minutes.
Vinicius Jr provided a perfect cross to his fellow Brazilian, who nodded the ball into the empty net, scoring his first goal of the 2021/22 season.
Gareth Bale made his return to the Bernabeu, coming on for Benzema with 15 minutes to go, and received a hostile reception from the home faithful.
Getafe almost pulled a goal back in injury-time, with Enes Unal controlling a pass on the edge of the penalty area, before firing a shot directly into the post, allowing Los Blancos a routine end to their evening.
There wasn’t to be the quick rush of goals that came at Stamford Bridge for Los Blancos, with Karim Benzema missing half-chances either side of the break, however Getafe were never really much of a threat.
The game was over in the 68th minute when Lucas Vazquez added to the host’s tally, powering the ball into the bottom left corner of the net after some nice interplay with Rodrygo.
Real Madrid pick up a comfortable three points against Getafe, through goals from Casemiro and Vazquez.
Minute 90+1: Unal hits the post
Getafe have their best chance of the game in injury time, as Unal hits the post.
Minute 89: Bale has a shot… and is applauded
The ball bounces up invitingly for Bale who decides to take on a speculative strike from distance. It’s comfortably gathered by Soria, but the effort is surprisingly applauded.
Minute 74: Bale comes on to whistles
Bale comes on to replace Benzema, and is greeted with loud whistles from the Bernabeu.
Minute 68: GOAL – REAL MADRID
It’s been coming and Real Madrid finally have a two-goal cushion. Lucas Vazquez combines well with Rodrygo before the Spaniard places the ball with composure into the far corner. You’d have to imagine it’s game over now.
Minute 65: Valverde almost scores from distance
Valverde fires a freekick towards goal from all of 30 yards and the Uruguayan only narrowly misses the far corner. Soria looked beaten.
Minute 57: Marcelo hits the post
Marcelo strides forward, as he has been doing all game, and fires a strike towards goal. The ball crashes against the post.
Minute 46: Second half begins
The second half is underway at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid lead at the break through Casemiro’s header. Los Blancos have been in control throughout, although they will be looking to grab a second as quickly as possible to secure the points.
Minute 44: Casemiro to miss Sevilla clash
Casemiro picks up a yellow card for dissent, which rules him out of the top of the table clash against Sevilla next week.
Minute 42: Marcelo goes close
Marcelo has been active in attack for Real Madrid, and he came close to scoring. The Brazilian unleashed a shot from outside the box and, via a deflection, went just wide. From the resulting corner, Benzema heads over.
Minute 38: GOAL – REAL MADRID
Casemiro heads Real Madrid into the lead, connecting with a phenomenal cross from Vinicius, who delivered the ball into the box with the outside of his boot. It was an assist Luka Modric would’ve been proud of. A deserved lead for the hosts.
Minute 34: Camavinga shoots from distance
Short of options, Camavinga has an effort from distance but it goes way over the bar, much to the displeasure of the Bernabeu faithful.
Minute 30: Getafe enter the game
At the half-hour mark, the visitors have finally started to get on the ball and cause Real Madrid a few problems. Enes Unal has been at the heart of anything positive from Getafe.
Minute 19: Valverde denied
Valverde connects with a volley as he peels off the back stick which bounces off the ground en route to goal, but Soria makes a smart stop.
Minute 14: Vazquez goes close
Vazquez cuts inside from the right onto his left foot and has an effort towards goal, but it goes just wide of the post.
Minute 4: Goal for Real Madrid… but it’s ruled out
Benzema slots past Soria, but the goal is ruled out for offside. The Frenchman was offside in both phases of the attack.
We’re underway at the Bernabeu.
18:45 BST: Getafe’s confirmed XI
Former Real Madrid player Borja Mayoral starts up front, while ex-Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena features for Getafe at the Bernabeu.
Getafe’s starting XI: Soria, Damian, Djene, Mitrovic, Cuenca, Olivera, Maksimovic. Alena, Villar, Mayoral, Unal
18:15 BST: Real Madrid’s confirmed XI
Ancelotti is at it again with his early starting XI announcement. The Italian clearly has an eye on the return leg with Chelsea, as Modric, Kroos and Carvajal drop to the bench. Camavinga gets a rare start, as do Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up
Eder Militao is fit to play despite suffering a knock against Chelsea, but given that he is suspended for the reverse fixture on Tuesday, Nacho Fernandez could come into the side. Eden Hazard, Isco and Luka Jovic are all unavailable through injury.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Sabit Abdulai is out with a knee injury, whilst Mauro Arambarri is suspended. Jaime Mata has been injured and he could come back into the side, while both Jorge Cuenca and Jakub Jankto are once again available after serving their respective suspensions.
Getafe’s predicted line-up (3-5-2): David Soria; Djene Dakonam, Stefan Mitrovic, Jorge Cuenca; Damian Suarez, Nemanja Maksimovic, Gonzalo Villar, Carles Alena, Mathias Olivera; Enes Unal, Sandro Ramirez.
Real Madrid will be looking to further strengthen their grip on top spot in LaLiga Santander when they welcome Getafe to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.
Los Blancos hold a 12-point lead over Barcelona at the top of LaLiga Santander with eight matches of the league season remaining.
Eder Militao is fit to play despite suffering a knock in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea, but given that he is suspended for the reverse fixture on Tuesday, Nacho Fernandez could come into the side.
Eden Hazard, Isco and Luka Jovic are all unavailable through injury, but Carlo Ancelotti has an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from.
As for Getafe, Sabit Abdulai is out with a knee injury, whilst Mauro Arambarri is suspended for this weekend’s match.
Jaime Mata has been injured and he could come back into the side, and both Jorge Cuenca and Jakub Jankto are once again available after serving their respective suspensions.