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Actual Madrid beat Getafe to prep for Clasico vs. Barcelona

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Eder Militao’s early header gave Actual Madrid a gritty 1-0 win at Getafe on Saturday to to maneuver them again as much as the highest of the LaLiga standings.

Actual moved on to 22 factors, three forward of rivals Barcelona who’ve a recreation in hand and can host Celta Vigo on Sunday. Madrid’s win additionally units up one other high-stakes Clasico with Barca visiting subsequent Sunday (10:15 am ET on ESPN+).

Getafe have misplaced two straight video games and are sixteenth on seven factors, two above the relegation zone.

JUMP TO: Participant rankings | Finest/worst performers | Highlights and notable moments | Publish-match quotes | Key stats | Upcoming fixtures

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1. Madrid do sufficient in pre-Clasico take a look at

Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Osasuna final Sunday — the primary time that they had dropped factors in a hitherto flawless begin to the season — meant a win towards Getafe on the Coliseum Alfonso Perez was wanted to get the crew again on monitor forward of subsequent week’s Clasico with Barcelona. Something much less may spark untimely speak of a disaster.

Eder Militao’s early purpose helped calm any nerves, and whereas Getafe had one or two possibilities to stage it was at all times Madrid, with Vinicius Junior‘s overturned penalty and Rodrygo’s offside purpose, who regarded the extra more likely to rating once more.

Getafe have been awkward opponents for Madrid currently — Carlo Ancelotti’s crew have been overwhelmed 1-0 right here in January and held to a goalless attract 2021 — and whereas Quique Sanchez Flores’ crew had a gradual begin to the season, they’ve improved significantly within the final month, successful back-to-back video games earlier than the worldwide break.

Madrid did effectively right here to maneuver the ball rapidly, creating areas in Getafe’s five-man defence, whereas coping with the counter-attacking risk of Borja Mayoral and Enes Unal. A slim 1-0 win was sufficient to place Madrid again on high of the desk, with the stress on Barca to not slip up of their recreation with Celta Vigo on Sunday, and all to play for within the Clasico subsequent week.

2. Militao’s purpose the prelude to an impressive show

Lucas Vazquez, David Alaba, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Vinicius, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo, Antonio Rudiger, and now Militao. The Brazilian’s match-winning, third-minute header made it 9 completely different gamers who’ve scored for Actual Madrid in LaLiga up to now this season, with simply eight video games performed. For a crew that’s presupposed to be over-reliant on Benzema, that is numerous goalscoring selection.

Right here, Militao’s fast, clever motion noticed him lose his marker and Modric’s supply from the nook did the remainder. The arrival of Rudiger in the summertime noticed Militao’s place within the crew come below risk. Video games like this, although, present why Ancelotti has been so eager to maintain the religion in final yr’s partnership of him and Alaba.

And it wasn’t simply the purpose. This was the form of efficiency from Militao that makes him seem like the whole defender: as fast as any centre-back round, stronger than most, and greater than snug to play the ball out from the again.

After all, the problem with Militao is that this is not at all times the case. He lacks consistency and focus, which means a sudden, clamorous error can by no means be fully dominated out. However he is nonetheless simply 24, along with his greatest years as a centre-back but to return, and loads of time to enhance in that division.

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3. Modric stays as essential as ever

Casemiro has gone and Toni Kroos was an unused substitute right here however Luka Modric, on the age of 37, remains to be as essential as ever to this Actual Madrid midfield. He began right here alongside children Aurelien Tchouameni — who has impressed since becoming a member of this summer season — and Eduardo Camavinga, who remains to be engaged on imposing himself on video games from the beginning as he does from the bench.

It was Modric’s nook which allowed Militao to attain the one purpose of the sport, and it was in any other case a typical, all-action efficiency from the Croatian. He was in all places — solely Dani Carvajal had extra touches of the ball (with 117 to Modric’s 110) and extra recoveries (9 to Modric’s 8).

As a lot as this Madrid crew is in the course of a technique of renewal, with younger gamers like Vinicius, Rodrygo and Valverde taking an ever extra outstanding function, they nonetheless have not moved on from Modric.

Participant rankings

Actual Madrid: Andriy Lunin 7; Dani Carvajal 7, Eder Militao 9, Antonio Rudiger 7, David Alaba 7; Aurelien Tchouameni 7, Eduardo Camavinga 6, Luka Modric 8; Federico Valverde 7, Vinicius Junior 8, Rodrygo Goes 7.

Subs: Marco Asensio 6, Nacho Fernandez 6, Mariano Diaz 6.

Getafe: David Soria 6; Damian Suarez 6, Domingos Duarte 6, Stefan Mitrovic 6, Djene Dakonam 5, Fabricio Angileri 6; Carles Alena 6, Angel Angobia 6, Luis Milla 7; Borja Mayoral 5, Enes Unal 6.

Subs: Portu 6, Munir El Haddadi 6, Jordan Amavi 6, Jaime Seoane 6, Juanmi Latasa 6.

Finest and worst performers

BEST: Eder Militao, Actual Madrid.

Scored the opening purpose and did not put a foot incorrect in defence.

WORST: Borja Mayoral, Getafe.

Could not join with an early probability to equalise and struggled after that towards his former membership.

Highlights and notable moments



Éder Militão nods dwelling header vs. Getafe

Any early Eder particular was all Madrid wanted to nab the three factors.

After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned

Actual Madrid’s Dani Carvajal on the win: “Our goal was the three factors and we bought them. We go to mattress tonight as leaders, to place a little bit of stress on Barcelona.”

Actual Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti: “The Clasico remains to be far off, we’ve got one other recreation first [in Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday]. I’ve rested some gamers like Benzema and [Ferland] Mendy. On Tuesday I am going to rotate a bit extra.”

“Generally there are video games the place you are very snug with the ball, we scored early, and we weren’t in a rush up entrance, we did not power it, we tried to handle the ball and management it.”

Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)

– A well-timed cleansheet forward of the large take a look at vs. Barcelona, as Actual Madrid didn’t concede a purpose in a LaLiga match for the primary time this season (eight matches).

– Luka Modric had his first purpose contribution in all competitions since scoring on Sept. 6.

Up subsequent

Actual Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect subsequent journey to Warsaw to tackle Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League motion on Tuesday. Then its Clasico time as Barcelona go to the Bernabeu on Sunday (10:15 am ET on ESPN+).

Getafe: A visit to Rayo Vallecano subsequent Friday.

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