Getafe 0-3 Real Madrid: Raphael Varane and Luka Modric help fire Los Blancos back on top of LaLiga table in scrappy Madrid derby victory
- Getafe keeper David Soria gifted Real Madrid the lead after failing to punch Ferland Mendy’s cross clear
- The goal was initially given to Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane but later attributed to Soria
- And after Thibaut Courtois made a series of fine saves, Varane did get on the scoresheet in the second half
- The Frenchman headed home Toni Kroos’ free-kick for his second goal of the current La Liga campaign
- Luka Modric then scored on the break in the final seconds of injury time to wrap up the decisive win
Raphael Varane filled Sergio Ramos’ shoes for Real Madrid, scoring a header and being heavily involved in another goal in the captain’s absence, as Zinedine Zidane’s team won 3-0 away at Getafe.
With Ramos suspended, Varane took over responsibilities bossing the Madrid defence and twice getting forward to contribute to goals with headers.
Luka Modric added a spectacular third in injury time. His finish was simple enough but it came from a brilliant pass on the turn from Gareth Bale and a lightning sprint from substitute Fede Valverde.
Real Madrid returned to the top of the table in La Liga with a scruffy victory over city rivals Getafe in a Madrid derby
David Soria’s own goal gave Madrid the lead after he failed to clear Ferland Mendy’s cross and diverted it into his own net
Raphael Varane then headed home a second at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez to give Madrid breathing space
Luka Modric’s tap-in then wrapped up a gritty display from Madrid after substitute Federico Valverde’s run on the break
GETAFE (4-4-2) : Soria; Damian Suarez, Djene, Cabrera, Nyom (Ndiaye 81′); Fajr (Molina 60′), Maksimovic, Arambarri, Cucurella; Angel, Jaime Mata (Portillo 80′)
Subs not used: Chichizola, Antunes, Etxeita, Timor
Booked: Suarez, Nyom, Portillo
Manager: Jose Bordalas
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos (Valverde 71′); Bale, Benzema (Jovic 81′), Isco (Vinicius 71′)
Subs not used: Areola, Nacho, Odriozola, Rodrygo
Goalscorers: Soria og (34′), Varane (53′), Modric (90+6′)
Booked: Jovic, Mendy
Manager: Zinedine Zidane
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
The first goal came from a foul on Bale, who had to hurdle Allan Nyom’s dangerous challenge. The former Watford defender was booked and Real Madrid had a free-kick down by the corner flag.
Toni Kroos’ set-piece came back out to Ferland Mendy on the other side of the pitch. When the left-back crossed, Varane made the most of David Soria having charged off his line to try, and fail, to punch clear, and the Getafe goalkeeper consequently saw the cross come off his arm and trickle into the net to put Madrid into the lead.
It was slightly against the run of play. Madrid were only still on level terms because Thibaut Courtois had dived to push away a swerving shot from the edge of the area from Mauro Arambarri.
But the goal riled Getafe and when Angel Rodriguez brought down Militao, Damian Suarez complained enough to earn himself a booking. Madrid were keeping their heads while Getafe were losing theirs and Karim Benzema might have made it two but for Soria’s save.
Madrid still needed Courtois to help them go in ahead at the break. First he got down well to his left to parry Faycal Fajr’s vicious shot out for a corner and then he saved well from Leandro Cabrera’s header.
Madrid were frustrated in the opening stages of the derby with Jose Bordalas’ side demonstrating good shape and work rate
But Madrid did take the lead when David Soria came for Mendy’s cross but failed to clear and diverted the ball into his own net
Centre-back Raphael Varane was initially credited with having scored for the visitors but it was later given as a Soria own goal
Varane doubled the lead on 53 minutes and if there was some doubt as to whether he got the last touch on the first goal this time it was definitely the defender who converted for Madrid.
Kroos provided one of his registered-delivery centres and Varane signed for it powering his header past Soria. After several minutes of VAR deliberation as to whether he was onside, the goal was given.
Bale might have made it three when he raced clear and tried to chip the ball over the head of the advancing Soria only for the Getafe keeper to reach the lofted effort and swipe it away to safety.
Thibaut Courtois made some outstanding saves, including from Getafe’s Leandro Cabrera, to preserve Madrid’s lead
The Belgian also made fine saves from Mauro Arambarri and Faycal Fajr in yet another fine display from the goalkeeper
But having had one effort taken off him Varane did undoubtedly score Madrid’s second by heading home Toni Kroos’ free-kick
Courtois still had to get down smartly to save from Angel at close range as Getafe fought to the final whistle. Zidane brought on Luka Jovic with 10 minutes left but the luckless forward’s first intervention brought him a yellow card for a foul on Damian Suarez.
Soria denied Bale once more this time blocking at the forward’s feet as he went through on goal running on to substitute Valverde’s pass.
It didn’t matter because Valverde ran on to Bale’s pass and teed up Modric, who was stumbling as he scored to make it 3-0.
Madrid moved top of the table ahead of Barcelona’s visit to Espanyol later on Saturday night. What will matter more to them is that they had dealt with potentially one of the hardest away games of the season with consummate ease.
Varane steered in his second goal of the current La Liga season to give Real Madrid a ninth straight win over Getafe
Gareth Bale spurned a couple of chances to add his name to the scoresheet but it did not prevent a win for the visitors
Modric did however ensure there was one last hurrah after keeping pace with Valverde before being set up by the Uruguayan