Real Madrid Vs. Getafe, La Liga 2013: Brilliant Second Half Gives Madrid The Win

Denis Doyle

Mourinho decided to give some rest to Alonso, Khedira and Arbeloa, so Modric and some other players that aren't getting many minutes had the chance to start against Getafe. A very slow pace prevented Real Madrid from scoring in the first half, but Ramos' goal off a corner-kick opened up the defense and even allowed Ronaldo to score a hattrick.

The team started the game by having a lot of the possession, but no depth whatsoever. Cristiano Ronaldo played besides Higuaín so Coentrao had the whole left wing for his own. Real Madrid took a little time before waking up, and it could be seen that the players aren't used to play at 12:00 CET.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Di María ha Real Madrid's first chances, both of them far from Getafe's goal. Ronaldo shot a free-kick from distance but Moyà saved it nicely. Di María's chance turned out to be dangerous thanks to a rebound off a Getafe defender.

Getafe played defensively throughout the whole first half, but they had a good chance in a counterattack that was saved by Di María an Coentrao. Adán played quite inspired and had some good saves when Getafe tested him during the first half of the match.

It was Mesut Özil the man that had Real's best chance of all the first half. Unfortunately for Real, his shot was powerless and right where Moyà was standing. It was him the one that launched the counterattack, though. The first half concluded with a couple of missed opportunities by Özil and Modric, but Real Madrid still found themselves 0-0 in the scoreboard. Very slow pace from Mourinho's men.

Sergio Ramos scored Real’s first goal off a corner-kick after Moyà deflected a good chance by Coentrao, and only ten minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo ended a good counterattack started by Sami Khedira with a good goal with his left foot.This goal opened up Getafe's defense, and Ronaldo scored Real Madrid's third goal a little bit later. Khedira had replaced Raúl Albiol at halftime, so Ramos moved to the center on the defense and left the right wing to Michael Essien. Khedira played great again and proved himself as one of the best players available for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese player scored his third goal and rounded his hattrick off a penalty-kick. He left the field sooner after that to leave some minutes for Benzema and received an standing ovation from the whole Santiago Bernabéu, who chanted "Cristiano Ballon D'Or!".

The rest of the tame went on as expected, with Real Madrid trying not to run too much prior of the Copa del Rey match against Barcelona, to be played this next Wednesday. It wasn't a brilliant first half, but the team still broke Getafe's defense in the second. Adán's good game should be noted now that Diego Lópezhas signed for Real Madrid.

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