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Played
September 10, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 75000‎
 
Miku 39′
60′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
Miku 74′
 
 
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Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
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Pepe
Pepe
Real Madrid CF
Fabio Coentrao
Fabio Coentrao
Real Madrid CF

Real Madrid 4-2 Getafe: Jose Mourinho's men gain some ground over Barcelona

Karim Benzema struck twice and Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a controversial penalty as the capital club beat their lively city rivals to move two points clear of the Catalans

By Martin Macdonald

Karim Benzema - Real Madrid (Getty Images)
Real Madrid are top of La Liga after a Karim Benzema brace and goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain were enough to cancel out two Miku strikes and give the home side a 4-2 victory over neighbours Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid broke the deadlock in the 13th minute when Mesut Ozil picked up the ball in midfield and drove forwards before trading a one-two with Fabio Coentrao and then sliding the ball into the feet of Karim Benzema just inside the box, and the Frenchman quickly shifted his feet before drilling the ball into the top right corner.

The home side had a host of chances to extend their lead in the first half but each was squandered. Fabio Coentrao came closest, firing just wide after dinking a shot over Miguel Angel Moya from a tight angle. The Getafe goalkeeper also kept his side in the match in the first 45 minutes, saving a powerful header from Ronaldo.

The visitors silenced the vibrant Bernabeu crowd in the 38th minute when Tsepo Masilela dribbled down the left and played a pass into Medhi Lacen just outside the box. The midfielder managed to squeeze a pass through the Madrid defence to Miku, who remained onside to emphatically smash the ball into the bottom left corner and level the scores at 1-1.

Jose Mourinho's men then grabbed a slightly controversial second goal in the 58th minute when Daniel 'Cata' Diaz was adjudged to have fouled Ronaldo in the Getafe box, even though the incident happened outside the area and the Portuguese looked to have made the most of the challenge as well. Ronaldo, nevertheless, converted the spot-kick to make it 2-1.

Benzema then got his second goal of the game in the 69th minute after latching on to a sensational pass between Moya and the Getafe defence from Ronaldo to calmly slide the ball home.

Getafe snatched a lifeline three minutes later when Miku took advantage of some pinball football in the Real Madrid defence to tuck the ball in the bottom right corner.

But Gonzalo Higuain put the game beyond doubt in the 88th minute when he slid the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

This result sees Real Madrid go top of La Liga and create a two-point gap between themselves and champions Barcelona, who could only draw 2-2 at Real Sociedad.

Getafe, meanwhile, lie in 13th place.


Real Madrid CF

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
2.50
12
Marcelo
Defender
3.00
2
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
2.50
4
Sergio Ramos
Midfielder
3.00
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
21′ 60′ 69′
4.50
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
83′
3.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
14′ 87′
3.50
5
2.00
22
4.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
14′ 69′ 89′
4.50

Getafe

3.50
25
Miguel Moyà
Goalkeeper
3.00
18
3.00
6
Cata Díaz
Defender
3.00
-
3.50
20
Juan Valera
Midfielder
22′
3.00
23
4.00
6
Lacen
Midfielder
2.50
22
3.50
8
4.00
7
Miku
Striker
39′ 74′
3.50
14

Substitutes

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
0.00
33
0.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
0.00
25
0.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
72′ 88′
2.50
7
0.00
9
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
13
Codina
Goalkeeper
0.00
22
Mané
Defender
0.00
6
Rubén Pérez
Midfielder
2.50
28
Abdel
Midfielder
70′
2.50
9
3.00
-

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0