January 27, 2013
Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe
Real Madrid set aside their off-field distractions to sweep aside Getafe in a one-sided Primera Division encounter this afternoon.
Cristiano Ronaldo took centre stage for Jose Mourinho's side as he fired in a second-half hat-trick to take his tally in the league this season to 21 from as many games.
Sergio Ramos opened the scoring for the hosts after 54 minutes to set Madrid on their way to a victory that closes the gap on leaders Barcelona to 12 points ahead of their match against Osasuna later today.
Today's display will go some way to improving the mood in the Madrid camp, after a week spent denying allegations of a rift between Mourinho and a group of key players at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho at least was unable to court further controversy today after club captain Iker Casillas, who has been dropped by the coach in some recent games, was ruled out with a broken hand that is likely to see him sidelined for up to three months.
Antonio Adan was therefore able to take his place in goal without any disgruntlement from Madrid's fans ringing in his ears, although in truth Mourinho could have played between the sticks himself, such was Madrid's dominance.
The hosts failed to make a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes, however, although Ronaldo twice forced Miguel Moya to make decent saves, while Mesut Ozil also drew a good stop from the Getafe goalkeeper.
The opening goal arrived nine minutes into the second half, although there was more than a little bit of good fortune in the build-up.
After Angel Di Maria hung up a corner from the right, Moya appeared to be impeded by Ricardo Carvalho as they challenged for the ball, but referee Jose Luis Gonzalez allowed play to continue, leaving Ramos free to bundle the ball home from inside the six-yard box.
Gonzalo Higuain headed over as Madrid hunted a second, which Ronaldo supplied in the 62nd minute.
A swift counter-attack led to Ozil releasing Ronaldo on the left side of the Getafe box, and the Portuguese showed all his class as he cut inside and tucked a low finish beyond Moya.
Three minutes later it was 3-0 as Di Maria sent a cross to the back post and Ronaldo had a simple task to head home.
The points were rubber-stamped with 18 minutes remaining after Luka Modric was bundled over in the area to allow Ronaldo to step up and complete his treble with a low finish from 12 yards.
|4 Sergio Ramos||1 Miguel Moya|
|5 Fábio Coentrão||2 Alexis|
|10 Mesut Özil||6 Alberto Lopo|
|15 Michael Essien||4 Miguel Torres Gómez|
|7 Cristiano Ronaldo||20 Valera|
|11 Ricardo Carvalho||17 Diego Castro Gimenez|
|18 Raúl Albiol||23 Borja|
|20 Gonzalo Higuaín||25 Xavi Torres|
|19 Luka Modric||11 Adrián Colunga|
|13 Antonio Adán||10 Jaime Gavilán Martínez|
|22 Ángel Di María||8 Sarabia|
|14 Xabi Alonso||Jordi Codina 13|
|25 Diego Lopez||Rafa Lopez 15|
|9 Karim Benzema||Michel 21|
|12 Marcelo||Hugo Fraile 24|
|6 Sami Khedira||Paco Alcacer 9|
|2 Raphael Varane||Diego Benito 28|
|21 José Maria Callejón||Álvaro Vásquez 7|
|Sami Khedira for Raúl Albiol (45)||Hugo Fraile for Sarabia (66)|
|José Maria Callejón for Mesut Özil (69)||Michel for Xavi Torres (69)|
|Karim Benzema for Cristiano Ronaldo (73)||Álvaro Vásquez for Adrián Colunga (76)|
|Raúl Albiol (10)||Miguel Torres Gómez (19)|
|Mesut Özil (27)||Jaime Gavilán Martínez (31)|
|Miguel Moya (53)|
|Alberto Lopo (56)|
|· Squads: Real Madrid | Getafe|