La Liga 2017/18: Getafe 1-2 Real Madrid - 5 Talking Points
Final score: Getafe 1-2 Real Madrid
Goals: Jorge Molina 56' (Getafe); Karim Benzema 39' (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo 85' (Real Madrid)
In Zinedine Zidane's 100th game in charge of Real Madrid, his side fought hard to claim all three points against a spirited Getafe side. The immediate game after the international break is always a tough one for teams and it proved to be just the case for Real Madrid as they again failed to rack in the goals and more significantly, deliver a satisfying performance.
Karim Benzema marked his return with a goal, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner as his first La Liga goal of the season to bail his team out of trouble. Jorge Molina scored for the hosts but it was a tad bit offside, which took some sheen off a well-deserved Getafe goal.
Zidane continued his rotation policy by keeping the likes of Luka Modric and Isco on the bench and resting Casemiro, a move which could have easily backfired. On that note, let's head right in and look at the five talking points from Real Madrid's hard-fought 2-1 win over Getafe:
#5 Karim Benzema marks his return with a goal
A drab first 40 minutes of the game saw its most interesting bit of action when a Real Madrid fan dressed as Ronaldo stormed on the pitch to meet his idol, the real Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Real Madrid were enjoying possession and creating a host of half chances, with Benzema being the fulcrum of this Madrid side.
The Frenchman had made an early return from injury and looked sharp with his turns and touches. It is observed that Cristiano Ronaldo's game flourishes with Karim Benzema by his side, which was the case yet again with the duo linking up well to trouble the Getafe backline.
Benzema created numerous chances for Ronaldo but the great man was having one of those frustrating nights until the 85th minute, more on that later. Five minutes from half-time, Benzema latched onto a deflection from Fayçal Fajr and blazed towards the goal.
He slotted the ball into the bottom corner to score his first goal of the season and give Real Madrid a much-needed advantage going into the halftime break.
The much-maligned striker amongst his own fan base was criticized a lot in his last game for his wastefulness in a 2-2 draw against Valencia, but the gritty striker showed his worth to this Real Madrid side yet again by putting in a great shift.