Ronaldo, Bale lead Real past 10-man Getafe

Dean Simpson
March 4, 2018

Madrid were always in control at the Bernabeu and took the lead on 24 minutes when Gareth Bale slammed home after a loose ball fell to him inside the penalty area, on the night when the Wales global made his British record 117th La Liga appearance.

Getafe, who are now occupying the ninth position in the log with 36 points, are only five points off the Europa League spots.

Ronaldo reached the landmark in typically stylish fashion just before the break, making him only the second player after Lionel Messi to score 300 in Spain's top flight and managing the feat in 48 fewer games than his long-standing rival, before completing the scoring late on.

Real Madrid continued to press and were rewarded with a second goal just before half-time.

After some patient build-up play, Bale unleashed a left-footed effort past Emiliano Martinez. The creator was again Benzema, who slid in Ronaldo with a disguised pass.

Under 3.5 goals is priced at 4/5 (1.80) and looks a solid selection as when Getafe went to the Camp Nou a couple of weeks ago, they held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw - with the Blaugrana not managing a shot on goal in the first half.

'We want to do all we can to get the win and leave everything on the field, ' said Zidane of the Getafe clash.

Madrid's pressure became relentless thereafter and Benzema nearly got in on the act, but Martinez kept his 16-yard effort at bay after Bale teed him up perfectly.

Espanyol delivered some excitement early in the second half, as Navas was forced to deflect a strike from Sergio Garcia for a corner and got help from the cross-bar with a header by Oscar Duarte.

Kroos, who impressed in Madrid's 3-1 first-leg win over PSG, has been struggling due to a knee ligament sprain, while Modric has a hamstring problem. If they can't be with us, other players will play. In fact, since January 27 2013, he has never failed to score in this fixture, more than five years of "goal torture' for Getafe".

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