Real Madrid vs. Getafe result: Casemiro, Vazquez goals help extend La Liga lead ahead of Chelsea rematch

Real Madrid logged the perfect tuneup for Tuesday’s upcoming Champions League quarterfinal second leg, brushing off Getafe 2-0 in La Liga. Los Merengues stretched their lead at the top of La Liga while resting four starters ahead of the match. Gareth Bale even received a few minutes, but the Santiago Bernabeu was not so warm with his reception for him.

Casemiro opened the scoring seven minutes before halftime on a diving header served up by a delicious outside-the-boot cross from Vinicius Jr. Then Real Madrid didn’t take its foot off the pedal after the break, probing the Getafe defensive block until right back Lucas Vazquez and right winger Rodrygo combined for the second by Vazquez.

The victory gives Real Madrid a 12-point lead in the La Liga table over second-place Sevilla with just seven matches left to play. The next league match on Sunday, April 17 will see Sevilla host Real Madrid with a final chance to make the race somewhat interesting.

Barcelona will be an interested observer since it has games in hand and could make a late run at Real Madrid improbable. But no team has ever wasted a 12-point lead in La Liga history. Real Madrid needs 11 more points to clinch its 35th La Liga title.

But all eyes for Real Madrid fans next turn to Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Chelsea. Carlo Ancelotti’s men will have a 3-1 aggregate-goal lead entering the match after a memorable victory at London’s Stamford Bridge. Should it advance to the semis, it would meet either Manchester City or rivals Atletico Madrid.

Bale was a second-half substitute against Getafe for his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu in over two years. But he was received by a chorus of whistles from the home fans, a contingent of which have contended that the player is more committed to the Wales national team than he is to their Spanish club.

As for Getafe, they are only four points away from the relegation zone, one of five clubs within four points in a desperate attempt to avoid the third relegation spot. Deportivo Alaves and Levante currently occupy the bottom two spots, which would send them down to the second division.

Real Madrid vs. Getafe final score

1 HOUR 2H Final
real Madrid one one two

RMA – Casemiro (Vinicius Jr.) – 38th min.
RMA – Lucas Vazquez (Vinicius Jr.) – 68th min.

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Real Madrid vs. Getafe live updates

Final: Real Madrid 2, Getafe 0

90th minute Getafe hits the post! Enes Unal with a solo effort and a diagonal shot that skims off the left post. He’s a real talent and gave fans two moments of genius. But it was all that Getafe was able to offer today outside of a few saves by goalkeeper David Soria.

86th min. SUBS — Nacho is in for David Alaba and Maksimovic comes off for Getafe with Yokuslu replacing him.

83rd min. SUB — Marco Asensio comes on for Vinicius Jr. who gets a standing ovation from the Bernabeu. Another great showing for the young Brazilian.

74th min. SUBS — Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos on for Real Madrid (Casemiro and Benzema out), but Bale is given the whistling treatment from the fans.

MisterChip says it’s been two years that he hasn’t played at the Bernabeu and he has a smirk at the reception.

71st min. Militao header on a corner. And Real Madrid is getting ready to bring on Gareth Bale.

68th min. Second goal for Real Madrid and it’s well-worked by the right flank of the team. Right back Lucas Vazquez with the give-and-go with right winger Rodrygo and Vazquez puts it on his left to fire home.

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58th min. Marcelo still staying busy in the attack. A run into the box and a shot that’s off the mark. A strong game so far from the Brazilian left back.

50th minute Getafe chance. On a corner it’s Uruguayan left back Mathias Olivera with a header, but he wasn’t even looking and it was more of a hopeful deflection. Getafe will have to take more risks here.

46th min. Second half is underway and Getafe make two subs: Sandro and Oscar are in for Borja Mayoral and Alena. Real Madrid come out with the same starting XI.

Halftime: Real Madrid 1, Getafe 0

half-time: This one went as you would have imagined. Real Madrid doing more to break down Getafe and the visitors putting all 11 men in their own half and waiting for an opportunity.

Eventually Real Madrid needed a moment of magic and it came with an exquisite outside-the-foot cross by Vinicius Jr. for a Casemiro diving header. Getafe had two incursions to speak of — neither really threatened — but the result is reflective of the way that half played out.

44th minute: Yellow card to Casemiro for protesting a handball that was not called. And he’ll miss the next match against Sevilla.

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43rd min.: Marcelo showing up again just outside the box and his shot is deflected for a corner. Vinicius is staying wide left, while Marcelo is taking up the inside channel.

38th minute: Goal Real Madrid! Sensational cross by Vinicius Jr. and Casemiro with the header after the ball got past Benzema. Casemiro loves those ghosting runs.

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35th minute: Getafe’s Borja Mayoral goes down in the box, but there’s no foul on the challenge by David Alaba. The match is opening up a bit minutes from halftime.

31st min: What a move by Enes Unal in the corner with a back heel passes to a teammate who’s chopped down. But Getafe can’t take advantage of the free kick to the left of the area.

20th minute: Here’s one way to break down Getafe — with a creative burst from one of its stars. Vinicius Jr. pulls off a nutmeg, but his shot from him is stopped by Soria.

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19th minute: Now it’s Federico Valverde with the effort and Soria is up to it again. It’s now a question of when one of these shots is going to find a way through. Getafe is not making it easy.

15th minute: The other Real Madrid fullback is also involved in the attack. But right back Lucas Vazquez does not hit the target and gets side netting. It’s one-way traffic so far. Do not surprise there.

8th minute: Marcelo with a blast from distance, but it was right toward the middle of the goal and Getafe’ keeper Soria makes the stop.

4th minute: Karim Benzema scores! But he’s ruled offside. He was ahead of the ball on a touch from right winger Rodrygo after a ball over the top sent them through. Expect to see Real Madrid employ that tactic often today.

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1st minute: We’re off in Madrid for this derby match.

55 mins to K/O: Here’s what Getafe is up against on its visit to the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid vs. Getafe line-ups

Manager Carlo Ancelotti rotates his squad with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and fullbacks Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal all getting breaks. Three members of that group will be watching from the bench as Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde fill in.

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Courtois (GK) — 12-Marcelo, 4-Alaba, 3-Militao, 17-Lucas Vazquez — 25-Camavinga, 14-Casemiro, 15-Valverde — 20-Vini Jr, 9-Benzema, 21-Rodrygo.

Real Madrid subs (9): 13-Lunin (GK), 45-Diego (GK), 2-Carvajal, 6-Nacho, 8-Kroos, 10-Modric, 11-Asensio, 18-Bale, 19-Ceballos

Getafe manager Quique Sanchez Flores will see if the same formula used in the first match at home can work against Real Madrid a second time. It’s a five-man backline and three midfielders behind forwards Enes Unal and Borja Mayoral, who will need to come up with a moment of magic. Unal, who has 14 La Liga goals this season, has 10 of them in his last 13 La Liga matches.

Getafe starting lineup (5-3-2): 13-Soria (GK) — 17-Olivera, 15-Cuenca, 23-Mitrovic, 2-Djene, 22-Damian — 11-Alena, 6-Villar, 20-Maksimovic, — 25-Mayoral, 10-Unal

Getafe subs (10): 27-Conde (GK), 1-Yanez (GK), 3-Cabaco, 21-Iglesias, 4-Alvarez, 24-O. Rodriguez, 5-Luis, 19-Yokuslu, 8-Vitolo, 12-Ramirez

How to watch Real Madrid vs. Getafe

UK USES Canada Australia
Date April 9 April 9 April 9 April 10
Time 20:00 GMT 15:00 ET 15:00 ET 5:00 AET
TV-channel The League TV beIN Sports
streaming Amazon-Prime ESPN+ TSN Direct beIN Sports

UK: The match will be available in the UK on La Liga TV and streaming on Amazon Prime.

USES: In the USA, all La Liga matches are streamed on ESPN+.

Canada: TSN has La Liga rights in Canada and the match will be streamed on TSN’s streaming platform TSN Direct.

Australia: Every La Liga game is televised on beIN Sports in Australia.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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