Real Madrid 3-1 Getafe: 5 Talking Points
Full-time score: Real Madrid 3-1 Getafe
Goal-scorers: Gareth Bale 24', Cristiano Ronaldo 45+1', 78' (Real Madrid), Francisco Portillo 65' Penalty (Getafe); Bookings: Loic Remy 47' (Red)
Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side brushed off their disappointment from last week against Espanyol with a convincing 3-1 win over rivals Getafe here at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Despite coming into the game in the wake of a shock defeat against Catalan outfit Espanyol, the Los Blancos started the game as favourites and looked pretty much the same throughout the game.
The floodgates were opened in the 24th minute when Isco and Sergio Ramos contested for a cross inside the visitors' penalty area only for the ball to fall kindly to Gareth Bale, who drilled home comfortably with his left-foot. Cristiano Ronaldo put the hosts 2-0 ahead just before half-time with a well-executed finish after a glorious pass from Karim Benzema to find the Portuguese in the first place.
The second half sprung into life when Loic Remy was given the marching orders for a second yellow card offence in the 47th minute. Francisco Portillo restored some hope for the visitors with a goal in the 65th minute but Getafe struggled to inspire a comeback with a numerical disadvantage on their back.
Ronaldo added a third goal for the hosts on the night with a thumping header in the 78th minute before being replaced by Marco Asensio shortly thereafter. Without further delay, let's take a closer look at the five major talking points from the game:
#1 Ronaldo beats Messi to La Liga milestone
Getafe have somewhat been Cristiano Ronaldo's favourite personal whipping boys ever since he started plying his trade in Spain back in 2009. In the build-up to the game, the Portuguese sensation had scored 21 goals against Madrid's local rivals including in each of his last seven matches.
Ronaldo made it eight when he doubled the Los Blancos' lead just before half-time to reach the unique milestone of 300 La Liga career goals, achieved only by Lionel Messi before him, and astonishingly the Real Madrid talisman took 48 games lesser than his Argentine counter-part who achieved the same after 334 games, compared to Ronaldo's 286 in the Spanish top division.
Even at the age of 33, Ronaldo continues to break records and his determination to succeed is often unparalleled. After a relatively slow start to the season, the brace against Getafe takes the forward's goal tally to 16 in the league - slowly catching up with top-scorer Messi, who has found the back of the net 23 times already this season.