Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane’s injury-stricken side loses ground in tight LaLiga title race

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Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane’s injury-stricken side loses ground to leaders Atletico Madrid in captivating LaLiga title race after goalless draw

  • Real Madrid suffered numerous injuries from key players prior to the game
  • Getafe threatened with relegation had very good value for the point earned
  • Zidane’s Los Blancos outfit only managed two shots on target throughout the game

Two brilliant saves from Thibaut Courtois earned Real Madrid’s running wound a point against Getafe, but they still lost precious ground to leader Atletico.

Courtois made spectacular second-half saves for Enes Unal and Nemanja Maksimovic when Getafe misrepresented Zinedine Zidane’s severely weakened side.

The coach had only 13 fit players in the first team and two of them – Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos – were so energetic from their exploits against Liverpool in the Champions League that they had to start the game from the sidelines.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane saw his side lose ground in the tight LaLiga title race

The Spanish champion could only play a 0-0 draw against Granada threatened by relegation

The Spanish champion could only play a 0-0 draw against Granada threatened by relegation

Courtois saw Maksimovic’s attempt late after deflecting 21-year-old central defender Victor Chust, who made his first start in the center of Real Madrid’s defense, but reacted well to knock the ball over.

He also kept Getafe at bay, as they had the better chances in the first half when Jaime Mata hit a post early. Chust then had to make a crucial interception to hold off Mata’s attempt and Luka Modric threw herself at a shot from Allan Nyom at close range.

Opportunities were scarce for Real Madrid, but they were unlucky twice in the first half. First, Mariano Diaz had the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out by the tightest offside calls.

Then the same player thought he had only scored for David Timor who cleared the ball just under the post.

Los Blancos striker Mariano Diaz added to squad injury after picking up a knock

Los Blancos striker Mariano Diaz added to squad injury after picking up a knock

First-choice striker Karim Benzema replaced Diaz just after the hour but was unable to score a goal

First-choice striker Karim Benzema replaced Diaz just after the hour but was unable to score a goal

Benzema did come into action in the second period, but barely had a chance to add to nine goals he scored in his last seven league games.

While Getafe pushed for the win, their coach Jose Bordalas chose not to turn to Japan international Take Kubo. The Real Madrid mercenary cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines when Madrid brought in 20-year-old midfielder Antonio Blanco and 19-year-old Sergio Arribas.

Madrid missed the suspended Nacho and Casemiro, as well as Fede Valverde who has been in contact with a coronavirus positive, and the injured Ferland Mendy.

Those setbacks, added to long-standing absentees like Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal, and Eden Hazard who is in training but still apparently not fit enough, made this match to win a must-have affair, and Madrid, thanks to Courtois, got away with a period.

Match Facts: Getafe – Real Madrid

Getafe (4-2-3-1): Soria; Nyom, Djene, Timor, Olivera; Arambarri, Maksimovic; Alena (Suarez 76), Unal (Miranda 90), Cucurella; Mata (Rodriguez 65).

Subs not used: Yanez (GK); Etxelta, Chema, Chakla, Iglesias, Akurugu, Kubo, Portillo.

Yellow cards: Nyom 58, Rodriguez 75, Cucurella 85.

Manager: Jose Bordalas.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Polite; Odriozola, Militao, Chust, Marcelo; Modric, Isco; Rodrygo (Blanco 65), Asensio (Arribas 78), Vinicius Junior; Mariano (Benzema 65).

Subs not used: Lunin (GK), Altube (GK); Ramon, Gutierrez, Kroos.

Yellow cards: Vinicius Junior 54.

Manager: Zinedine Zidane.

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