Madrid derby at the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium. Madrid had the opportunity to increase their advantage over Barça after their draw against Atlético de Madrid. On the other side, Getafe wanted to surprise their rival and secure their participation in Europe for the next season.
The game was even since the first moment and Getafe were the first one to generate danger: a cross from the wing that left back Olivera headed in the 9th minute got deflected after hitting defender Etxeita and forced keeper Courtois to make a meritorious save. Forward Jaime Mata was the next one to try, but Courtois solved it out again.
However, and just when it seemed that Getafe was putting Madrid in trouble, keeper David Soria had to save his teammates on the 23rd minute: Zidane’s team finally managed to carry out a depth ball movement that ended on an accurate cross by Mendy that Vinicius directed into the goal, but Soria made an excellent save. The key of the game so far was Getafe’s coach Bordalás suffocant pressure, which held Vinicius and Isco off from barely touching the ball. There were not more chances until have time, as Getafe’s high intensity was becoming a challenge for Madrid to overcome.
Nothing seemed to change after the break. Madrid lost many balls due to Getafe’s effective approach. Furthermore, Bordalás strategy stopped Madrid most talented players from shinning. Zidane’s team started to desperate as time passed by because, despite Getafe’s physical effort, they did not either slow down the intensity.
However, with only twenty minutes left in the game, Getafe started to give in and so the script broke down. As a result, Madrid began to create danger forward. After having almost a perfect defensive performance, Madrid’s constant attempts through the wings ended on a penalty kick by Olivera on Carvajal that Ramos did not miss.
Getafe did not surrender and tried to get the equalizer, but Madrid were able to defend their short lead against a strong Getafe that were close to grab a point. Madrid accomplish their goal, increase their advantage over Barça to four points and are heading right towards the title. Getafe, which are on European positions, will fight until the end for a Champions League spot.