Saturday September 10, 2011 (19.00 UK)
Benzema 14, 69, Ronaldo Pen 60, Higuain 88 – Miku 39, 73
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Real Madrid ran out eventual winners at the Bernabeu, but were made to work for their victory after an impressive Getafe performance. Goals from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain cancelled out a brace from Miku, who troubled the Madrid back-line throughout the game.
Jose Mourinho’s men started brightly, and took the lead on the 14th minute after excellent build-up play from Mesut Ozil and Marcelo. The ball eventually came to Benzema and the French striker finished superbly to score his first goal of the season. Madrid were relatively dominant in the first half, but Miku’s clever run and calm finish from Mehdi Lacen’s reverse pass meant Getafe went into the break level.
Los Merengues started the second half strongly and should have increased their lead within five minutes when Fabio Coentrao blazed over from three yards after Ronaldo hit the post from an overhead kick. Coentrao was soon involved again as Madrid continued to press forward, this time getting the ball in the net, but only to find that he was just offside when Benzema’s pass was played to him.
The home side continued to press their neighbours, and Ronaldo restored their lead from the penalty spot after Cata Diaz’s lazy tackle, which the replays showed was outside the box, brought the Portuguese forward down. 10 minutes later Benzema got his second and Madrid’s third after a wonderful 40-yard pass from Ronaldo left Miguel Angel Moya stranded as the striker placed it past him.
David Guiza’s introduction was immediately effective. The striker burst through the Madrid defence and played a neat pass to Miku after Iker Casillas saved his initial shot, the Venezuelan striker showed excellent composure as he slotted in for his second. Madrid continued to press forward however, and almost took the lead through Ronaldo after nice build up put him through one on one with Moya, but the Getafe keeper produced a smart save to keep the score down.
Head Coach Luis Garcia Plaza was sent to the stands for dissent late on and his misery was compounded when a clever backheel pass from Kaka released Higuain, who shrugged off Juan Valera and slotted it past Moya to make it 4-2, sealing the win for Madrid.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Coentrao, Xabi Alonso ; Di Maria (Kaka 71), Ozil (Higuain 85), Ronaldo; Benzema (Granero 89)
Unused subs: Adan, Arbeloa, Albiol, Callejon
Getafe (4-2-3-1): Moya; Valera, Cata Diaz, Torres, Masilela; Lacen, Rodriguez; Casquero (Guiza 71), Rios (Colunga 81), Sarabia (Barrada 71); Miku
Unused subs: Codina, Albertazzi, Mane, Ruben Perez
Did you know… Real Madrid have now scored 39 goals in their last eight La Liga games [via @soccerway]