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September 22, 2013
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
• Attendance: 70063
Cristiano Ronaldo 34', 90'+
So, Gareth Bale will have to wait a little longer to make his home debut. Real Madrid return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Elche whilst Getafe will look to bounce back when they host Celta Vigo on Thursday. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary as Carlo Ancelotti continues his unbeaten start to his Real Madrid career. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: Real Madrid 4-1 Getafe. Carlo Ancelotti's side close the gap on Barcelona to two points with a convincing victory over their city rivals. Angel Lafita's deflected strike gave the visitors a shock lead before Pepe's tap-in and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Real Madrid a half-time lead. Isco scored a fine third before Ronaldo doubled his tally with a smart, improvised finish.
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90' + 3'
208 REAL MADRID GOALS FOR RONALDO! The Portuguese attacker surpasses Hugo Sanchez's goalscoring record, reacting smartly to backheel Khedira's drilled cross beyond Moya. 4-1.
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Real Madrid nearly snatch a fourth when Morata shifts the ball to his right for Modric but the Croatian cannot quite get the ball under control and Lisandro makes a good block.
Diego Castro threads a well-weighted pass through for Miku but he is denied a goal as Pepe gets a toe on the ball to divert it behind for a corner.
Ronaldo steps up to strike the free kick but can only send his effort over the crossbar. It seems he may have to wait a little longer to surpass Hugo Sanchez's goalscoring record.
MICHEL SENT OFF! It's been a dreadful day for the 27-year-old and it gets even worse as he is shown his marching orders for bringing down Jese and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Final substitution for Real Madrid and a standing ovation for the impressive Isco as he is replaced by Jese. Another of Real Madrid's next generation on show now.
The substitutes combine as Modric plays an incise ball through for Morata but he appears to suffer from Benzema-syndrome as he drags his shot wide of the far post.
RONALDO HITS THE POST! Di Maria spots Ronaldo on the left corner of the box and he cuts inside his marker before curling an effort against the outside of the post, with Moya beaten.
The Real Madrid fans finally get their wish as Alvaro Morata replaces the hugely disappointing Karim Benzema. To be fair to the home support, they give him a brilliant standing ovation as he leaves the field.
IT JUST IS NOT BENZEMA'S DAY! The Real Madrid fans cannot believe what they are seeing as Benzema sends a free header the wrong side of the post. Another superb cross from Carvajal.
First substitution of the game for Real Madrid as Luka Modric replaces Asier Illarramendi.
Yellow CardPedro León
Two controversial moments at the Bernabeu. First, Moya is lucky not to be sent off when he appears to catch Ronaldo outside the box and then Miku escapes the referee's gaze when he elbows Carvajal in the ribs.
The Real Madrid ultras respond with chants of 'Morata, Morata'. That will not help Benzema's confidence.
ANOTHER AWFUL MISS FROM BENZEMA! Isco's sublime pass sends Arbeloa clear down the left and his precise cross picks out Benzema who inexplicably heads over from a few yards out. He missed when it was easier to score.
You have to give credit to Getafe who continue to create goalscoring opportunities. Sarabia finds space between the opposition midfield and defence before his well-struck left-footed effort stings the fingertips of Lopez.
Final change for Getafe as Rafa Lopez comes on to replace Alvaro Arroyo. Ancelotti is yet to make a substitution.
Here's a stat for you: Isco is the first Spanish player to score four goals in the first five La Liga matchdays of the season for Real Madrid since Guti in the 2000/01 campaign.
Benzema is yet to really make his mark on this match although his pass finds Isco on the edge of the box but Alexis is there to make a good block.
Chance for Getafe as Sarabia slips a pass into Castro's path outside the box. However, his shot lacks conviction and Lopez makes a comfortable stop.
Isco spots Moya off his line but cannot execute the chip accurately and his long range effort bounces wide of the target. A cheeky attempt from one of the best summer signings so far.
Real Madrid do not look finished yet though and Ronaldo goes close when he flicks up Isco's pass and forces Moya into a difficult stop. Ancelotti's side in cruise control here.
Carvajal whips in yet another brilliant cross from the right but it just evades Ronaldo, who cannot get enough on the ball at the far post. He could have had a hat trick today!
ISCO MAKES IT 3-1! Ronaldo lays off a quick free kick to Isco and the young Spaniard jinks inside Mosquera before bending a shot past the helpless Moya and into the far corner. Getafe get caught for sleeping at the back and that should wrap up the three points.
Isco is starting to have more of an influence of the game as he begins to dance round the blue shirts with some nifty footwork.
Real Madrid win a free kick around 30 yards from goal but Ronaldo's dipping effort goes just over the crossbar. Some players are warming up for the hosts on the touchline, I think I can spot Morata down there.
Ronaldo is sniffing around for his second goal of the game but Lisandro gets across excellently to block his goalbound effort. Getafe certainly not out of this contest.
Diego Lopez has looked comfortable in the Real Madrid goal and he produces another fine catch to pluck Leon's corner out of the air.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks to surpass Hugo Sanchez's goalscoring record but his shot zips off the turf and is parried by Moya, who claims the ball at the second attempt.
70,063 spectators at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight, not a bad turnout at all.
Moments after Benzema scuffs Ronaldo's cutback into Moya's gloves, Getafe attack down the other end with Castro forcing a smart stop from Lopez. Good tempo to the start of this second half.
Benzema had a quiet first half but he does well here to capitalise on a mix-up at the back before firing over from an acute angle.
The teams re-emerge from the tunnel for the second half. There has been a second change for Getafe as the experienced Roberto Lago replaces Sergio Escudero.
HT: Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe. Not a vintage first-half performance from Carlo Ancelotti's side but they are in front courtesy of goals from Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo after Lafita had given the visitors a shock lead. That penalty from Ronaldo also ensured that he joined Hugo Sanchez in fifth place on 207 goals in the all-time goalscoring charts for Real Madrid.
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After that challenge from Carvajal, Lafita is unable to continue and he is replaced by former-Real Madrid midfielder Pablo Sarabia.
Luis Garcia will not be too displeased with his team's performance as they have looked dangerous when they come forward. However, two ill-judged decisions from Michel have proved costly.
Yellow CardDaniel Carvajal
Carvajal is the first Real Madrid player to be cautioned after a rash challenge on Lafita. He can have no complaints with that one.
WHAT A MISS FROM BENZEMA! Carvajal makes a brilliant run from right-back and his inch-perfect cross finds Benzema a few yards out. However, the French striker does not anticipate it and his mishit is clawed away by Moya.
Miku does brilliantly to get in behind Pepe but just as he is set to pull the trigger, Nacho comes across to sweep the ball to safety. Getafe do look a threat when they come forward.
A rareity in La Liga as Escudero opts for the long throw. However, it is too close to Diego Lopez who comfortably plucks the ball out of the air.
CHANCE FOR GETAFE! The visitors go close to levelling the scores when Pedro Leon's fizzing goalbound drive takes a deflection off Arbeloa and goes behind for a corner.
Real Madrid are looking for more and they nearly find a third when Pepe sends a header narrowly over the crossbar.
That Ronaldo goal means that he is now level with Hugo Sanchez in the all-time goalscoring charts for Real Madrid.
Penalty GoalC. Ronaldo
RONALDO MAKES IT 2-1! Of course he doesn't miss! Ronaldo celebrates his 207th Real Madrid goal in his 205th appearance, stroking the ball perfectly into the bottom left corner.
PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Ronaldo hits the free kick and it strikes Michel who had his arms raised in the air. The referee duly points to the spot.
Alexis is the first player to be cautioned after he catches Pepe with a flailing arm. Free kick in Ronaldo range...
Ronaldo is played in on the right corner of the box but he is marshalled excellently by Alexis who makes the block. The ball finds its way to Di Maria and his curling effort is well caught by Moya.
The omens do not look good for Getafe. They have lost all six of their previous away matches and have won only once in nine attempts at the Bernabeu - a 1-0 success back in February 2008.
Pepe takes a nasty blow when he is bodychecked off-the-ball by Miku. Fortunately for the Getafe forward, the referee did not see the incident. A little bit naughty, that.
Real Madrid are firmly in control here and the statistics display that they have enjoyed 81% of the possession. It seems only a matter of time before Ancelotti's team take the lead.
RONALDO SHOULD MAKE IT 2-1! It's almost a carbon copy of the goal as Di Maria's dangerous cross picks out Ronaldo inside the box but he can only fire his volley narrowly wide of the post. Getafe living dangerously here.
PEPE MAKES IT 1-1! Real Madrid's pressure pays off as Di Maria whips in a teasing cross from the left. With Michel playing several white shirts onside, Ronaldo controls the ball and his shot is parried by Moya straight into the path of Pepe who taps in from less than two yards out. Good response from the hosts.
We haven't seen too much of Isco so far and his chipped pass over the Getafe defence runs just too far ahead of Arbeloa, who had made a good run down the left wing. Carlo Ancelotti's side are starting to look more dangerous here.
Lisandro is a lucky boy after he brings down Di Maria in the box because the linesman's flag is raised to signal offside against the Argentine.
I'm not sure Getafe have even ventured into the Real Madrid half since taking the lead. Luis Garcia's men are really on the backfoot here.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a good record against Getafe with 11 goals in seven appearances. Looking back at that earlier chance, he perhaps should have made it 12!
Real Madrid are coming forward in waves here but Getafe have looked well-organised and disciplined so far. Moya is yet to be seriously tested between the sticks.
Getafe defeated Real Madrid 2-1 at the beginning of last season so they certainly know what it takes to beat Los Blancos. Ancelotti looks rather bemused on the touchline, not the start that he had in mind.
Real Madrid look to respond immediately but Escudero makes a crucial last-ditch challenge to deny Di Maria in the box.
GETAFE TAKE THE LEAD! Miku lays the ball off to Lafita on the edge of the box and his shot takes a wicked deflection off of Pepe and wrongfoots Lopez! What a start for the Azulones!
REAL MADRID SHOULD BE AHEAD! Di Maria finds space down the left and his low cross deflects off Lisandro before falling kindly for Ronaldo. However, he cannot continue his good goalscoring form as his shot is blocked off the line. Early warning signs for Getafe!
The referee blows his whistle and this derby match gets underway.
There has been a late change to the Real Madrid starting line-up as Gareth Bale has suffered an injury in the warm-up. Fellow summer signing Isco is therefore called into the midfield with Di Maria pushed out to the right wing.
The two sides emerge from the tunnel. Real Madrid are wearing 'Animo Pirata' t-shirts, in respect of former-midfielder Esteban Granero who suffered a nasty long-term injury for Real Sociedad. Getafe are in their traditional blue jerseys.
Kick-off is under five minutes away. Can Real Madrid extend their unbeaten start to the season and make it 14 consecutive home league wins?
Getafe (4-4-1-1): Moya; Arroyo, Lisandro, Alexis, Escudero; Michel, Mosquera, Pedro Leon, Castro; Lafita; Miku.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Lopez; Carvajal, Nacho, Pepe, Arbeloa; Illarramendi, Khedira, Di Maria; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Without further ado, here are tonight's lineups...
As for Getafe, they have had a slow start to the new season but they did claim their first league win by defeating Osasuna 2-1 last weekend. Can Luis Garcia Plaza's side frustrate Ancelotti's galacticos today? Bringing you all the action from the Santiago Bernabeu, my name is Max Bentley.
It's been a bright start to the Carlo Ancelotti era, with four wins and one draw in his opening five matches. Their 6-1 thumping of Galatasaray on Tuesday was a statement to the rest of Europe that they are serious contenders for the Champions League this season.
The stage is set for Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive signing, to make his home debut against Getafe this evening. The Welsh international got his Real Madrid career off to the perfect start last weekend as he scored the opening goal in his side's hard-fought 2-2 draw with Villarreal. Can he impress the Bernabeu faithful today?
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