The LaLiga leaders were unable to add to their points tally in the opening game of the new year, as their opposition made the most of an early chance and hung on to take the win.
Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Getafe on Sunday as 2022 got off to the worst possible start for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Luck deserted Ancelotti’s side, who came within the width of the crossbar to finding the back of the net through Luka Modric. The madridistas were quickly facing an uphill battle before the ten-minute mark, when Enes Unal scored the only goal after just nine minutes when he robbed Eder Militao of possession inside Real Madrid’s penalty area and beat Courtois in the resulting one-on-one.
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With a quarter-of-an-hour gone, our team had a good chance to level the game. Modrics fierce long-range strike was kept out by Soria at full stretch. Two minutes later, a carefully crafted team move found the Croatian free in the area, but his left-footed effort came crashing back off the bar.
Real Madrid were beginning to look more likely now, and another fine chance presented itself with 20 minutes on the clock. Lucas Vázquez sent in a measured cross, where Toni Kroos was on hand to turn a half-volley just wide of the target. From that point on, the hosts tightened up at the back and defended their advantage astutely until the break.
Ancelotti brought on Hazard and Marcelo for Asensio and Mendy. Getafe continued to defend their lead comfortably, making it difficult for the Whites to carve out any chances.
On 57’, Mordric tried his luck from the edge of the area, but Soria was untroubled and pulled off a comfortable save. The visitors continued to attack and two minutes later they almost found an equaliser. Marcelo, Hazard and Benzema linked up neatly and the Frenchman’s effort was headed out for a corner by Cuenca.
Madrid continued to pile on the pressure on the hosts’ defence. On 70’, Marcelo thought he should have had a penalty after being pulled back by Damián and six minutes later Cuenca cleared a cross which fell kindly to Casemiro on the edge of the box but the Brazilian’s effort was met by a superb Soria save. In stoppage time, Modrić fired in a free-kick which was headed goalwards by Isco, but the Getafe shot-stopper was once again there to deny the visitors and the hosts hung on to take the three points.
However, second-placed Sevilla have two games in hand and could move within two points of Madrid if they win them both, starting at Cadiz on Monday.
Real Madrid’s Casemiro said , “We worked and fought hard but it’s over now and we have to look ahead to the Copa match.”
After match Real Madrid coach Ancelotti: “We’re still top of the table and we’re motivated as we look to the future.”