Spanish La Liga
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Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale's total of 16 La Liga goals beats his previous best of 15 from the 2013-14 season

Gareth Bale reached 16 goals for the first time in a La Liga season as Real Madrid thrashed Getafe 5-1 to move one point behind leaders Barcelona.

Real's seventh successive league win kept alive their hopes of a first title since 2012 and sent neighbours Getafe to the bottom of the table.

Karim Benzema put Real ahead and after Isco made it 2-0 at half-time, Bale raced clear to add the third.

Getafe replied before James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo added late goals.

Barca, who have taken just one point from the last possible nine, play at home to Valencia on Sunday (19:30 BST).

Real kept the pressure on the defending champions, while Juan Esnaider made a losing start as Getafe's new coach. His side have now lost 11 of their past 13 games.

Karim Benzema scoring for Real Madrid
Karim Benzema also has a La Liga best with his 22 goals surpassing his 2011-12 total

Real, who beat Wolfbsurg in the Champions League on Tuesday to set up a semi-final with Manchester City, barely had to extend themselves to get the result they needed to go above Atletico Madrid, who play Granada on Sunday (17:15 BST), and into second place.

Coach Zinedine Zidane was able to take off both Bale and Benzema in the second half to give them a rest before Real's midweek league game at home to fourth-placed Villarreal.

Wales forward Bale, 26, set his best Liga tally since arriving in a world-record £85m move in September 2013, racing into the Getafe area from the right and curling left-footed into the far corner.

Ronaldo continued his record of having played every minute of Real's La Liga campaign and claimed his 47th goal of the season, scoring for the fourth league game in a row in stoppage time when he tapped in after being set up by Jese.

Substitute Jese had also created the fourth goal for Rodriguez, who capped in an impressive performance with a cool finish to enhance his side's goal difference after former Real forward Pablo Sarabia had eaten into the lead with a fine strike in the 84th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Getafe
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 31st league goal of the season, five more than Barcelona's Luis Suarez

What they said

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: "We are doing our job and are getting closer and closer.

"We are going to bed one point behind, but we can't look beyond that."

Praising Benzema after the France international was told he would not be picked for Euro 2016, Zidane added: "It did affect him and yes he is disappointed, but he is a professional and he knows that on the field he is very important for the team.

"Today he scored and had two assists, so he is very concentrated on what he is doing."

Line-ups

Getafe

  • 13Guaita
  • 19SuárezBooked at 43mins
  • 15Martín Vigaray
  • 5Vergini
  • 2PereiraSubstituted forKarim Yodaat 9'minutes
  • 14Sánchez GilBooked at 78mins
  • 8LacenSubstituted forBuendía Statiat 52'minutes
  • 22Rodríguez Villamuela
  • 10Sarabia
  • 12Scepovic
  • 9Vázquez GarcíaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGómez Bardonadoat 62'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 1Megyeri
  • 11Karim Yoda
  • 17Mensah
  • 18Rodríguez Romero
  • 21Gómez Bardonado
  • 30Maciel Sousa Campos
  • 32Buendía Stati

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 15CarvajalSubstituted forNachoat 52'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 22Isco
  • 8Kroos
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 11BaleSubstituted forVázquezat 57'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 67'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Vázquez
  • 19Modric
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
10,951

Match Stats

Home TeamGetafeAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Getafe 1, Real Madrid 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Getafe 1, Real Madrid 5.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Getafe 1, Real Madrid 5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jesé.

  4. Booking

    Nacho (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Pablo Sarabia (Getafe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Nacho is caught offside.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Getafe 1, Real Madrid 4. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

  9. Post update

    Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Emi (Getafe).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  12. Booking

    Moi Gómez (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Moi Gómez (Getafe).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Getafe 1, Real Madrid 3. Pablo Sarabia (Getafe) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Moi Gómez.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juan Rodríguez (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Yoda.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Emi (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

  20. Booking

    Pedro León (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th April 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona32244487276076
2Real Madrid33236498306875
3Atl Madrid32234554163873
4Villarreal32179641261560
5Celta Vigo33158104653-753
6Ath Bilbao321561150401051
7Sevilla32139104539648
8Malaga321011113029141
9Eibar33118144549-441
10Real Sociedad33118144144-341
11Las Palmas33117153845-740
12Real Betis33911133046-1638
13Valencia32910133639-337
14Dep La Coruña3271694147-637
15Espanyol33106173462-2836
16Rayo Vallecano32710154364-2131
17Granada3279163357-2430
18Sporting Gijón3378183354-2129
19Levante3377193056-2628
20Getafe3377192961-3228
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