Surprise Real Madrid in the Draw Getafe Real Madrid could be on the verge of joining the European Super League, but a 0-0 draw with Getafe on Sunday served as a reminder of the league’s allure.
Their close neighbors gave an insufficiently strong Madrid a hard time and, as a result, fell behind Atletico Madrid, with Diego Simeone’s side increasing their advantage at the top of On Sunday, the table jumped from one to three points.
After Atletico Madrid’s 5-0 thrashing of Eibar earlier in the day, the pressure was on Zinedine Zidane’s side to build on their Champions League victory over Liverpool and El Clasico triumph last week.
While they played their part in an exciting tussle against relative minnows at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, the kind of match that be lost if they were ever taken away by big-money offers, this was far from classic Madrid.
In the eighth minute, Mariano sprinted through. He went wide of goalkeeper David Soria, slipping the ball into the net from a close angle to the right of the post, just moments after Thibaut Courtois saved well from Mathias Olivera.
After a VAR analysis, the score was disallowed for offside, and Madrid was in serious trouble shortly after when Mauro Arambarri had a good sight of goal from 12 yards but shot a foot wide of the left post.
Surprise Real Madrid in the Draw Getafe Jaime Mata’s flicked header from Nemanja Maksimovic’s cross, which drifted in from the left, rattled the right post in the 23rd minute, bringing the home side even closer to a shock lead.
After Soria struggled to gather across from Madrid’s left-back Marcelo, David Timor made an impressive clearance to deny Mariano in front of the post. Before halftime, Vinicius Junior drew an athletic but inevitably safe save from Soria with a header.
With Sergio Ramos out due to injury and Raphael Varane out due to a COVID-19 positive test, Madrid’s safety was once again exposed, with Courtois making a fine save just before the hour mark to deny Enes Unal from reaching the top left corner from 16 yards.
With 20 minutes remaining, Getafe’s Angel Rodriguez came close to breaking the deadlock, clipping just short of the left post. When a deflected shot from Maksimovic almost looped into the net, Courtois made an outstanding save, avoiding a shock defeat.