La Liga 2016/17: Getafe 1-2 Real Madrid, Player ratings
Real Madrid traveled to Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez to face a resilient Getafe side, who had earlier troubled FC Barcelona too. Fresh from international break, Zidane started a strong lineup although a few stars were still missing. The first half saw Madrid dominating the proceedings and took a deserved lead in the 39th minute courtesy of a fine Benzema goal.
Getafe, however, came back stronger in the second half and were looking more and more dangerous. They pulled one back via an own goal from Nacho. However, Ronaldo showed his class again as he rescued Madrid with a late goal and three points in the bag.
Here, let’s take a look at how the players fared for both the teams.
Quite an amazing outing just like his opposite number. Quick off his lines, it was he who stood firm and almost stopped Real from an easy victory. Pulled a couple of saves including a fantastic stop off Ronaldo's snapshot in the first half.
Damian Suarez: 8/10
The Uruguayan right-back was tentative, always ready to jump into tackles and defended as if his life depended on it. He did not allow any Real Madrid player any joy down his side. Amazing performance.
The centre-back was solid for the most part of the game and shut out Real's strikers quite efficiently in both halves. However, he jumped into a slide tackle on Benzema knowing that if beaten, there wasn't much cover, which eventually happened and Benzema scored.
Cala put in a good performance as he was constantly in the way of Ronaldo and company, keeping them at bay for the majority of the game. He made a string of important interceptions and tackles to keep Getafe in the game.
The fullback had a decent outing. He stayed narrow and didn't really give much in attack. He was troubled by both Achraf and Vazquez and was saved from repeated embarrassment by their lack of end product.
The midfielder was combative and very efficient in possession. He was intelligent in distribution and defended resolutely. Though this was not his best outing, he surely did his job reasonably well.
Arambarri had a decent game. Though he was not much influential in the first half, he came out on top in the midfield battle against Madrid’s midfield during the final 45 minutes. His distribution was efficient if not eye-catching.
Faycal Fajr: 6.5/10
The former Deportivo la Coruna man had a good game. He helped in the team's buildups and was a constant thorn for Real Madrid's defence. His end-product led him down big time. It was his tempting cross which Nacho diverted into his own net.
He started the game, but was taken off early due to injury.
A major threat for Real Madrid's defence throughout the time he was on the pitch. He ran himself to the ground, such was his work rate as he floated all over the pitch, winning balls and initiating the attack.
Very much like his teammates, he was a bit anonymous in the first half. However, in the second half, he was absolutely sensational as a target man for the Madrid based club. He troubled Madrid's centre-backs quite a bit and forced the own-goal by Nacho.
He came on for Jimenez and continued his good work. Though he did lack end product, he did trouble Real Madrid quite a bit.
Brought on for Ndiaye, he couldn't keep up his work rate. Even though he added more defensively, it did not matter much in the end.