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February 4, 2012
• Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe
Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
• Attendance: 14000
Sergio Ramos 18'
FULL-TIME! Madrid hold on to their lead to win the game 1-0, with Ramos scoring the only goal of the game in the first-half. Getafe never really looked like getting back into the game and Madrid never looked too keen on pushing for a second. Madrid are now 10 points clear in Liga with Barcelona about to kick-off against Real Sociedad. Make sure you follow that game on Goal.com. That's all from me, Luke Matthews tonight. Buenas noches people!
90' + 2'
The answer is no, scoreline remains 1-0 with a minute left to play.
Three minutes added on here and Getafe have a free-kick 40 yards from goal. Can they grab a dramatic late equaliser?
Ronaldo sweeps the ball into the net after a Callejon throughball yet the Portuguese winger is ruled offside.
A few minutes left now. Are we going to have another goal in this game?
Yellow Card Peter Tsepo Masilela
Getafe launch the ball into the box yet Miku is standing in an offside position. Getafe really have been poor this evening, showing limited ambition.
Higuain looks like he is going to make it two yet his control is poor in the penalty area as Diaz eventually gets the ball out of the danger area.
Yellow Card Arizmendi
Ozil whips an inviting corner into the box yet Getafe defend it fairly well, getting the ball clear. However, Madrid are still having all of the ball.
Xabi Alonso plays a lovely ball to the unmarked Higuain on the wing. The Argentine cuts into the box and smashes the ball towards the corner yet Moya pulls off a super stop to tip it around the post.
Callejon slides a great ball through to Coentrao on the left wing who plays a dreadful ball into the box which is somehow kept in play by Ozil.
Higuain is on now for Benzema. It has to be said, the former Lyon man has had a fairly poor evening tonight and never looked like scoring.
Getafe are claiming a penalty and they have a decent shout. Castro's shot from outside the box hits Benzema who has both of his arms up.
Masilela bombs forward and plays a low ball into the box. The ball is bouncing yet Ramos does well to clear it from danger.
Struggling to see where another goal will come from in this game at the moment. Madrid look in control but have made very little effort to grab a second in this period. Reminiscent of Mourinho's Chelsea team of the past this.
Ozil plays a great long ball to Ronaldo who controls it well before showing some nice touches. He finds Benzema in the box yet the striker blazes over. Wasted opportunity.
Getafe have offered very little in this game tonight but can they grab a goal. They have 25 minutes left plus added time.
MADRID SHOULD BE 2-0 UP! Ozil slides a wonderful through ball to Benzema yet the French striker is too casual as he sees his shot blocked by Moya from close range. Kaka is off for Callejon.
Madrid are still dominating play here but are still only a goal to the good as we head into the final half-hour. Callejon looks like he is ready to coe on. Could Ozil be making way once again?
Benzema attempts an effort from outside the box yet it takes a deflection off Diaz with the ball heading wide for a corner.
Rare attack forward for Getafe yet Casquero's ball into the box is poor as Madrid clear the danger with ease.
Xabi Alonso whips a set-piece into the box but not for the first time, Madrid have a number of players offside as the Getafe defence step up.
Notably, there is a slower tempo to the game at the moment. Madrid look in no hurry to extend their lead which is surprising.
Corner here for Getafe as Arbeloa takes no chances in heading a cross behind the goal.
Madrid are having more of the ball at the moment in the early stages of this half. Still, nothing of note happening at the moment.
We are back underway here in the second half with Madrid kicking off the second-half. Who will start the second period the better?
Time for some more of your tweets people. Adedoyin Abisoye believes Madrid will run out 4-0 winners tonight while Salisu Baraya is going for 3-0. Anyone think Getafe can come back into this one?
HALF-TIME! Madrid lead 1-0 at the break courtesy of Ramos' header in the 18th minute. The visitors have looked the better side in this first period yet for all their possession, they are only one goal to the good. Can Getafe mount a second half comeback or will Madrid extend their lead?
One minute's worth of injury-time to be added on here.
Very windy here and everytime the ball goes up in the air, it seems to take an eternity to come down. Looks like Madrid are going to be going into half-time with their narrow lead.
Arbeloa bomb's forward and looks to find the head of Kaka in the box. However, Diaz gets the ball clear but only to Ronaldo on the edge of the area who volleys wide.
Little better from the home side in recent minutes. However, Los Blancos have dominated the half so far and the possession stats show this; Madrid enjoying 61 per cent compared to Getafe's 39%.
GETAFE COME CLOSE! Inviting free-kick into the box which is flicked on by Juan Rodriguez into the path of Miku who sees his header narrowly miss the target despite Valera's best attempts to make contact at the back post.
Yellow Card Miku
Yellow Card Francisco Casquero
After a delay due to the ball moving because of the win, Ronaldo strikes a powerful free-kick which is well parried by Moya who does brilliantly to get it away from the danger area.
Diaz brings down Ronaldo just outside the box and earns a yellow card for his sins. Can Ronaldo make it 2-0 here?
Yellow Card Cata Díaz
After some nice build-up play, Kaka plays the ball to Benzema who zooms past his marker. However, his next touch is a little suspect as his cross-cum-shot is held by Moya.
Getafe's defence look very shaky at the moment and this is evident in Masilela's play as he looks nervous under pressure from Benzema in his own box. He eventually gets the ball clear yet it's straight back to the away team.
Benzema leaves Valero on the ground in the corner of the pitch before attempting an audacious effort 25 yards out at an angle. The ball is curling towards goal but misses the target by a few yards.
Yellow Card Juan Rodríguez
Coentrao does very well to get past his marker and into the Getafe penalty area. However the left-back spends too long in possession and despite the ball eventually finding its way to Kaka, the Brazilian attacker smashes the ball over the box from 18 yards.
All Madrid at the moment who are toying with their opponents by keeping possession to a premium. Ronaldo is 27 tomorrow. Who would bet against the soon-to-be birthday boy grabbing a goal, or two (or three) tonight?
Few of your tweets now. Shashwat Bachchan and Akinmade Habib are both predicting a 4-1 win for Madrid tonight and both believe Kaka and Ozil will continue to impress together. So far, so good guys.
How will Getafe respond to going a goal down? Remember, this is the side who defeated Barcelona earlier this season so they're certainly no slouches.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Sergio Ramos
1-0 MADRID! Ozil whips a great corner into the box and Ramos is on cue to smash a powerful header into the top corner, leaving Moya helpless. The defender's fourth goal of the season that, on his return to the team.
Despite a bright opening, Getafe are now certainly under the cosh here yet the scoreline remains 0-0 and for all their possession and bright line-up play, Madrid have not had many chances at goal.
Ronaldo is claiming a penalty here after going down under a challenge from Diaz. Again, replays show that Getfe may have been let off here as there was definitely contact.
Ozil storms through the centre of the Getafe defence before having his shirt pulled by Torres. The away side are looking for a free-kick yet the referee refuses to blow his whistle. Replays show the former Los Blancos man is lucky to avoid a red card there.
Coentrao slides the ball through to Ronaldo who is one-on-one with Moya yet the Portuguese attacker is correctly ruled offside.
Ozil swings a corner into the box which is headed goalwards by Ronaldo. It's a looping effort which requires Moya to tip the ball over the bar.
Xavi Alonso curls an inviting set-piece into the box yet pepe and Ramos are both in offside positions as the linesman's flag goes up. The two centre-halves should be doing better there.
Good start from the home team who really should have opened the scoring a few minutes ago. Will they end up regretting that miss?
Getafe are seeing the ball at the moment and come very close to opening the scoring. Valera's cross is volleyed into the path of Barrada by Casquero with the forward hitting the ball over the bar from close range.
Getafe get us underway here, kicking from left to right. The home side are wearing all blue while Real Madrid are in their traditional white kits.
Both teams are preparing to enter the field of play now. Big links between these two sides, unsurprising considering the proximity of the two teams. Everyone is wrapped up warm in the stadium tonight due to the freezing conditions.
The big team news for Madrid is that Xabi Alonso has shrugged off a muscular strain to be named in the starting line-up. The visitors will also be happy to welcome back Ramos who returns following suspension to the centre of defence.
Remember guys, tweet me your thoughts and predictions for tonight's game on Twitter @LukasMaf. What are your opinions on Ozil and Kaka both being given the nod again?
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Coentrao, Pepe, Ramos, Arbeloa; Lass, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Ozil; Benzema
Getafe (4-2-3-1): Moya; Valera, Cata Diaz, Miguel Torres, Masilela; Casquero, Juan Rodriguez; Pedro Rios, Barrada, Diego Castro; Miku
Here come the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Liga fixture between Getafe and Real Madrid from the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. I'm Luke Matthews and I'll be guiding you through tonight's action. Jose Mourinho's men can go 10 points clear of Barcelona with victory (temporarily at least). Could the title race be effectively over tonight?
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