Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Ronaldo scored twice and led Real Madrid to move on Getafe 4-1 in La Liga.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ronaldo scored twice and led Real Madrid to move on Getafe 4-1 in La Liga.

Real Madrid came from behind to earn what turned out to be a fairly comfortable win against Getafe. Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco all found the net en route to a 4-1 win, and after the hosts cancelled out Getafe's early opener they never looked like getting anything but all three points.

It was an inauspicious begin, however. The hosts lost record signing Gareth Bale during warmups, and Getafe added insult to injury by going ahead after just five minutes. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was dispossessed (unfairly, he thought), and while he was protesting Getafe pushed towards goal. Lafita then sent a deflected shot past Diego Lopez from outside the crate.

The man who did the deflecting, Pepe, soon made up for it with the equalising goal. Getafe played a risky attempted offside trap on a free kick, and it didn't work. That allowed Ronaldo to sneak in at the back post, and although his initial shot was well saved by Miguel Moya, Pepe scrambled in the rebound from close range.

Getafe didn't learn their lesson, and came within inches of going behind from a same situation -- this time Ronaldo couldn't profit his effort on target. But the second goal was coming, and the Portuguese was the man to score it. His free kick was blocked in the crate by Michel; the referee pointed to the spot and Ronaldo blasted past Moya to make it 2-1.

Karim Benzema could and should have made it 3-1 as the half came to a near. Daniel Carvajal did wonderfully upon the right, beating his man and playing in a cross which bent just out of Alexis' attain, but Benzema didn't manage to gain tidy contact and saw his bobbling 'shot' clawed off the line by Moya. Moya denied Benzema once more just after halftime, pushing away a crisp strike after the striker had been found by Ronaldo with a cutback.

Madrid needed a third, and if their center forward wasn't going to provide it, someone else would. And so Isco stepped up. Ronaldo played him into the bin with a quick free kick, and Isco drifted inside before bending a delightful curling shot into the back of the net.

Benzema then embarrassed himself further, anyhow contriving to miss an open goal from point-blank range after a beautiful cross from Alvaro Arbeloa and then spurning another easy chance by hitting Carvajal's delivery broad of the post.

But despite Benzema's cavalcade of failure in front of goal, things got even worse for Getafe. Michel was shown a straight red for scything down substitute Jese Rodriguez in the 86th minute, and after going down to ten men the visitors had absolutely no hope of clawing back the deficit.

There was time enough to add some gloss to the victory, with Ronaldo backheeling in a cross with the final kick of the game to make it 4-1. All in every, and despite the early setbacks, it was an easy enough win.

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