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Real Madrid routinely restored their lead at the top of La Liga (LL) to twelve points at the expense of relegation-battling Getafe, as ‘Los Blancos’ avoided recording back-to-back home defeats for the first time since March 2019.

Despite their favourable advantage in the title race and fine Champions League form, Carlo Ancelotti’s job reportedly hangs in the balance. Nevertheless, on the pitch, it was business as usual, as Real Madrid controlled the tempo of the game from the get-go and saw in-form Karim Benzema ask questions of the ‘Azulones’ backline, as the Frenchman put the ball in the back of the net in the 4th minute, only for the assistant to raise his flag for offside.

Real Madrid’s team chemistry was on full display at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, as they looked to crack open the relegation-threatened Getafe defence as quickly as possible. Whilst unmarked inside the area, Lucas Vázquez and Federico Valverde were left with their heads in their hands as they squandered clear-cut chances for the hosts. Seeking to avoid a repeat of their 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture, ‘Los Blancos’ ultimately found a breakthrough in the 38th minute when Vinícius Júnior’s inch-perfect outside-of-the-boot cross found fellow Brazilian Casemiro, who nodded in to put the league leaders ahead.

Getafe offered very little and struggled to impose themselves on the fixture, as Quique Sánchez Flores made a double change at the interval, looking to mastermind a comeback to get his side back on level terms. It had little to zero effect on proceedings, as Real continued their onslaught as they fought to extend their advantage to bury the game once and for all. Valverde came closest to doubling the home side’s advantage after the hour-mark with a long-range free kick that sailed wide past the post, before Vázquez greeted Rodrygo’s precise pass and rammed the ball home to give ‘Los Blancos’ a two-goal cushion.

The hosts remained in cruise control, riding out the final stages of the contest, although had an almighty scare in stoppage time when Enes Ünal rattled the post with a wicked effort, but Real held on for all three points. Getafe’s woes continued, as they are yet to register a victory on the road in LL this campaign.

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