Getafe Edge Madrid Derby. An inspired performance from Getafe earned a famous win over city rivals Real Madrid in a electric encounter on Saturday night…
Getafe shocked mighty Real Madrid 3-1 on Saturday to pile renewed pressure on Real coach Bernard Schuster whose side have now lost two of their last three Spanish league games.
Getafe lined up as expected, with all eyes on Esteban Granero and Roberto Soldado, two players not deemed good enough for the Bernabeu who were looking to punish their former club. Manu Del Moral, who scored their goal at the Camp Nou last week, was not fit to play.
Bernard Schuster, meanwhile, had to make some enforced changes due to the worsening injury situation. Miguel Torres continued to fill in at right-back, while Javier Saviola earned a rare start up front, in place of the crocked Gonzalo Higuain.
Getafe, brimming with confidence following their draw against Barcelona a week ago, continued to take the game to their Madrid city rivals whose hopes further deteriorated with Wesley Sneijder and Miguel Torres both limping off before half time.
Despite being the less-heralded Madrid derby, this game has always served up plenty of excitement, and after two minutes it was clear that this occasion would be no different. With Getafe’s first foray forward of the match, Jaime Gavilan crossed from the left flank for Juan Albin to head past Iker Casillas. It was a dream start for the Getafe faithful, but a nightmare one for Schuster’s side, who had entertained visions of catching up to leaders Barcelona with a win.
Getafe continued to pose problems for the visitors, with both flanks getting a workout. Then, completely against the run of play, Raul wasted a brilliant chance to draw level. Royston Drenthe went on a incredible, mazy run down the left before cutting back for the striker, who looked odds on to finish. His shot, however, was a tame one that went straight at Roberto Abbondanzieri’s legs with the goal gaping.
The early signs indicated that this was not to be Real Madrid’s night, and their problems were exacerbated on 15 minutes, when Wesley Sneijder became their latest injury victim. The Dutchman’s ankle was clipped by Roberto Soldado, and he promptly hit the deck, clearly in severe pain. He was replaced by compatriot Rafael Van Der Vaart.
It was always going to be hard for Getafe to maintain the frantic pace with which they began, and as errors began to creep into their game. Real Madrid entered the dressing rooms needing at least two goals in the second period if they were to keep their hopes of climbing to the top, not to mention claiming their infamous “Christmas bonus”, alive.
Whatever Bernd Schuster said to his troops at half-time clearly had no effect, as deja-vu struck immediately after the break. Just as he had in the first half, Albin found the net two minutes after the start.
Real were given hope when Javier Saviola finished well inside the area, after Juan Guti had won back possession, but rather than building on the goal, Madrid soon lost impetus and it was Getafe who looked more likely to score again.
The game was now wide open, and both sides looked like scoring every time they came forward. Royston Drenthe was looking lively on the left, while Albin continued to pose problems for Los Merengues’ defence at every opportunity.
Strangely, Real Madrid had lost all the momentum immediately after scoring, and now looked incapable of mounting a serious attack, let alone getting another goal. All their efforts seemed to be concentrated on stopping a rampant Albin from further adding to his tally.
With nine minutes to go Ikechukwu Uche secured the win for Getafe with a clinical finish after the hard work had been done by his strike partner Albin.
Real Madrid threw everything into attack in the remaining minutes, but it was Getafe who looked the most likely to score, as they were denied yet another potential penalty when Uche was pushed by Pepe in the box. It did not matter though, as Los Merengues slumped to an embarrassing defeat.
After their minor recent resurgence, the knives will once again be out for Bernd Schuster’s men, whose fans will be sorely disappointed by yet another insipid performance. The players will also have to cut down on their Christmas shopping, having blown their chance for a little extra festive cash.
Getafe Albin 2, 47; Uche 81
Real Madrid Saviola 55
Getafe: Abbondanzieri – Contra (Cortes 58), Diaz, Mario, Licht – Granero, Polanski (Celestini 73), Casquero, Gavilan – Soldado (Uche 61), Albin
Real Madrid: Casillas – Torres (Michel Salgado), Ramos, Pepe (Bueno 75), Marcelo – Gago, Sneijder (Van Der Vaart 15), Guti, Saviola, Drenthe, Raul
Yellow Cards: Albin 41, Pepe 45, Van der Vaart 64, Salgado 65, Ramos 70, Guti 77, Cata Diaz 85
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