Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid: Zidane’s men increase the pressure on Barça

first_img Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo got the goals against Getafe, who replied late on through Pablo Sarabia, but it could have been a lot more on a comfortable afternoon for Madrid.  When James’ cross came in just before the half hour mark, though, Benzema was able to get on the end of it. His finish wasn’t the cleanest, but it beat Guaita and took the French striker’s tally in La Liga this season to 22 – a personal best.  Real Madrid beat Getafe 5-1 to move within one point of Barcelona, who play against Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday. It caps off a fine few weeks for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have progressed to the Champions League semi-final and eaten into Barça’s lead at the top of La Liga – before the Clasico, Luis Enrique’s side were 10 points clear of Los Blancos.  CEST Bale added the third almost immediately after the break. Benzema was again the provider. The Welshman had too much pace for Getafe and latched onto his team-mate’s pass behind their defence, opened up his body and sent the ball back across Guaita.  The second goal came before half-time and Benzema was again involved, although it was more about Isco. The Spain international drove in from the right, shifted the ball to Benzema, who promptly returned it to his team-mate, whose run had carried him into the box. The finish which followed was cool and Madrid were well worth their two goal lead.  It had been almost total domination until that point, but Madrid seemed to ease off once they had a three goal advantage. It almost allowed the hosts to pull a goal back. Keylor Navas saved well from Sarabia, before making another important block from an indirect free-kick, which had been given away after he’d picked up a Marcelo pass.  It looked like that would be that and Ronaldo would miss out on his 31st league goal of the campaign, until a late break allowed Jese Rodriguez to create a tap in for the Portuguese international. Sarabia did eventually get his goal, but Getafe’s moment was short lived, with Madrid going up the other end to add their fourth of the afternoon. Substitute Lucas Vazquez pulled the ball back and James showed fantastic composure to dummy his man and roll the ball home for the goal his performance deserved.  Benzema opened the scoring in the 29th minute, but Madrid could and maybe should have been ahead long before then. Vicente Guaita had saved from Isco and James, while Ronaldo was inches away from getting on the end of a cross which zipped across the six yard line.  16/04/2016 Upd. at 17:55 Sam Marsdenlast_img

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