Real Madrid followed up their dazzling victory at Chelsea with a straightforward win over Getafe on Saturday night that reestablished their 12-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Casemiro stooped to head in Vinicius Junior’s excellent cross for the opener before Lucas Vazquez secured the points in the second half with a calm finish.
After his starring role at Stamford Bridge in midweek where he scored a hat trick, Karim Benzema looked to have given Real the perfect start by rolling in inside five minutes, but his strike was chalked off as the offside flag went up.
Los Blancos dominated possession with their largely rotated midfield three of Eduardo Camavinga, Casemiro and Federico Valverde, with Marcelo, Valverde and Vinicius all bringing saves of varying difficulty from Getafe stopper David Soria.
It took most of the first half but the visitors’ resistance was eventually broken in the 37th minute when Vinicius’ brilliant cross with the outside of his boot found Casemiro, who had the simple task of nodding home.
The game was over as a contest midway through the second half when full back Lucas Vazquez combined with Rodrygo to cooly slot into the far corner.
It was an easy outing for a rotated Blancos side, with Getafe not registering a single shot on target. The closest the visitors came was in injury time, when Enes Unal struck the post on the break.
Sevilla had beaten Granada on Friday night to cut the gap on Real but the Madrid giants restored that advantage with Saturday’s victory as they look to wrap up the title as soon as possible. However, a resurgent Barcelona may yet make Real wait until May to secure it.
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – No saves required from the Belgian in the first half. Little else to report in the second period.
Lucas Vazquez (RB) – 8/10 – Just missed the far post with a shot following some nice stepovers. Was a consistent threat for the hosts down the right, scoring their second with a well-taken finish.
Eder Militao (CB) – 7/10 – Shook off a knock to retain his spot alongside Alaba in defence. Not overly tested but helped bag his side a clean sheet. Also headed a free shot wide of the post.
David Alaba (CB) – 7/10 – Positioning was on point as per. Not given much of a workout by Getafe’s shot-shy attackers but did everything required of him to a high standard.
Marcelo (LB) – 7/10 – Captained the side on his first start since February. Slammed a volley towards goal which was caught. Didn’t get forward as often as usual but still got a few shots away.
Eduardo Camavinga (CM) – 7/10 – Read the game really nicely, both in attack and defence. A very calm presence in midfield, being sensible in possession while making a load of interceptions.
Casemiro (CM) – 7/10 – Got into the box and headed home for Real’s breakthrough goal, his first of the season. Booked and suspended for the next game against Sevilla.
Federico Valverde (CM) – 7/10 – Bounced a volley into the turf to force a save from Soria. Clattered into Villar to earn a yellow card. Generally dominant over Getafe’s midfielders.
Rodrygo (RW) – 6/10 – Grabbed the assist for Vazquez’s strike, though his other attacking contributions were a bit disappointing.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 7/10 – Early strike was ruled out for offside. Heavily involved in Real‘s build-up play, even if the goal didn’t come.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – 8/10 – Cheeky nutmeg on the touchline gave him a shooting opportunity that Soria held. Terrific ball from out wide put the opener on a plate for Casemiro. Looked to dribble regularly and scared the hell out of Getafe’s defenders.
Dani Ceballos (CM) – 6/10
Gareth Bale (ST) – 6/10
Marco Asensio (LW) – N/A
Nacho (CB) – N/A