Real Madrid 7-3 Getafe: 5 talking points
Real Madrid put the kibosh on their tumultuous season with an emphatic 7-3 drubbing of midtable minnows Getafe, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a record-equalling 8th hat-trick of the season.
The Portuguese winger completed his treble in the first half to register his highest ever tally of 61 goals for the season. However, the visitors also pulled three back through Sergio Escudero, Diego Castro and Mehdi Lacen to keep the scores level at half-time.
Having ended the season trophyless, Los Blancos aimed at bowing out on a high and got just that when a second half blitzkrieg from Chicharito, James Rodriguez, Jese and Marcelo ensured an absolute treat for the Bernabeu faithful, who thronged the stadium in large numbers for the last time this season.
Here are the major talking points from the game –
Titleless, but full of spirit
This season has been a major disappointment for Real Madrid, who were so prolific in the first half of the season but flunked towards the end to finish the season without a trophy.
Their poor run of results in the initial few months of the season cost them dearly and they were left to pay the price for them in the end. Nevertheless, their season-ending disappointments did not impede them from winding up their erratic campaign on a glittering note.
Real were poised to saunter their way to a win, but the gritty showing from the visitors in the first half appeared to have rubbed salt on Real’s wounds. However, the home team looked much more at peace in the second half, as they made up for their mistakes in the opening 45 minutes of the game, as they fired 4 more goals to register a cracking victory and left the pitch with their heads held high.
Ronaldo ends the season on a high
Real Madrid may have ended the year trophyless, but their Portuguese maestro Cristiano Ronaldo produced the most prolific season of his career. The 30-year old was at his brilliant best throughout and ended the campaign being the highest goalscorer in Europe for a record 5th time.
The in-form winger triggered the onslaught early in the first half with a trademark header and doubled his tally with a well-taken free-kick. Just moments later, Chicharito was fouled inside the penalty area, and Ronaldo stepped up to coolly to slot home from the spot and scored his third of the evening. He was subbed off just before the hour mark to a rousing reception from the home crowd.
48 league goals, 16 assists, 8 hat-tricks, 4th Pichichi and 5th European Golden Boot. To cap it all in one word, amazing.