Real Madrid rout Getafe 5-1 to keep pressure on Barcelona, Atletico

first_imgKarim Benzema ensured Real Madrid kept the pressure on the Spanish league’s front-runners by scoring one goal and assisting on two more as bottom-side Getafe was defeated 5-1 on Saturday.Madrid, who this week advanced to a Champions League semifinal against Manchester City, provisionally passed Atletico Madrid into second place and moved to within one point of struggling leaders Barcelona.Benzema scored Madrid’s first goal before setting up Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and Gareth Bale to put the result beyond doubt early in the second half.After James Rodriguez made it 4-1, Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off Madrid’s seventh consecutive league victory in stoppage time with his tournament-leading 31st goal.”We are doing our job and are getting closer and closer,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, whose team trailed Barcelona by 12 points just four rounds ago. “We are going to bed one point behind, but we can’t look beyond that.”Barcelona will try to end a three-round winless run against Valencia on Sunday, when Atletico will host Granada. Diego Simeone’s side, which eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League quarterfinals this week to advance to a tie with Bayern Munich, trails Barcelona by three points. After this weekend there will be five rounds left.”We have always said that we will never give up,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said. “We have to win our remaining matches and then see what happens.”Also, Celta Vigo needed a late goal from Pablo Hernandez to draw 1-1 with visitor Real Betis, which went ahead through Alfred N’Diaye. The result left Celta’s control of fifth place at risk, with Athletic Bilbao two points behind before visiting Malaga on Sunday.advertisementEibar fought back with goals from Sergi Enrich and Gonzalo Escalante for a 2-1 win at home over Real Sociedad. Eibar’s players celebrated their first win in nine rounds that will likely guarantee the modest Basque club avoids the relegation battle.Sporting Gijon, meanwhile, continued in the drop zone, one point above Levante and Getafe, after drawing at Las Palmas 1-1.Getafe remained winless for a 13th successive match in the debut of coach Juan Esnaider, a former Madrid player who replaced the fired Fran Escriba on Tuesday.”We tried,” said Esnaider, praising his players’ attitude.Despite Getafe’s best effort, Madrid outclassed its crosstown rival.Ronaldo, who hit a hat trick on Tuesday to lead Madrid’s comeback over Wolfsburg in the Champions League, struck the post early, and waves of attacks inevitably led to Benzema’s breakthrough when he used his right foot to sweep in Rodriguez’s cross.The opener was Benzema’s 22nd league goal this campaign, setting a personal record in his seventh season at the Spanish club.Benzema worked a one-two passing combination to help Isco make it 2-0 before halftime, and his pass let Bale romp forward before beating goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in the 50th.Pablo Sarabia got Getafe’s consolation goal with six minutes left before Rodriguez and Ronaldo struck.last_img

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