Getafe 0 Real Madrid 0: Zidane's men held by Champions League chaser

Real Madrid continues to amble through the latter weeks of the LaLiga season, this time drawing 0-0 with Getafe away from home.

Published : Apr 26, 2019 09:18 IST

Real Madrid is without a win in three LaLiga matches away from home following Thursday's goalless draw with Getafe.

Zinedine Zidane's side offered scant consistent threat at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, as the host battled to a point that keeps the side in control of its own destiny in the race for the Champions League places.

It could have been even better for Getafe, which has only won one of its past 19 league games against its neighbour, had Keylor Navas not produced an excellent double save in the second half to keep the scores level.

The in-form Karim Benzema dragged a shot wide inside the first minute, but with Madrid struggling to settle and Getafe out to disrupt its rhythm, it was a first half-hour of little quality.

Navas, keeping his place ahead of Thibaut Courtois, parried a free-kick from Mauro Arambarri before David Soria claimed Benzema's low effort from Gareth Bale's cross.

Soria was busier in the opening minutes of the second half than in the whole of the first, denying Casemiro and Dani Carvajal from distance and blocking at the feet of Bale.

The excellent Brahim Diaz was beginning to find lots of space as Madrid threatened a little more, but Navas was forced into fine stops to deny Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata from inside the box to preserve a point for the visitor.


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Sevilla's 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano means it is now level on points with Getafe after 34 games, but behind on head-to-head, meaning Jose Bordalas' side still just hold the edge in the race for the top four.

Madrid mathematically cannot win the title and is now six points behind second-place Atletico Madrid, and must simply be keen to put this season behind it.

Brahim beguiles

Making only his second LaLiga start for Madrid, Brahim was his side's most creative and committed attacking player. Zidane is reportedly happy to loan him out next season; perhaps he might now have a rethink.

Valverde out of sync

Madrid's Federico Valverde lost the ball too often in midfield and was very fortunate not to be booked for a second time for a succession of fouls.

What's next?

Madrid heads to bottom-of-the-table Rayo on Sunday, while Getafe travels to Real Sociedad.

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