Despite looking very sharp in the opening minutes of the game, Real Madrid was not able to draw first blood. Getafe was the side to shockingly open the scoring and only took five minutes to do so.
Angel Lafita rifled a shot at goal, which took a deflection off of Pepe, sending keeper Diego Lopez the wrong way. With an early 1-0 lead Getafe looked as though they would try to hold out and steal points at the Bernabeu, but that would not be the case.
Los Blancos continued to attack from the wings and created dangerous chances, which finally paid off just under the 20-minute mark.
A free-kick from Angel di Maria found Cristiano Ronaldo, who poked the ball at goal. Getafe keeper Miguel Moya did well to parry the ball away, but Pepe was there for the rebound and tapped home to level the score at 1-1.
That was only the beginning, however, as 15 minutes later the home side would take the lead.
In the 34th minute a free-kick from Ronaldo struck the arm of defender Michel inside the box, which led to a penalty for the Portuguese star. Ronaldo stepped up and calmly slotted into the left corner. From that moment on it was all Real Madrid.
The second half picked up where the first half left off. Real Madrid was firing on all cylinders as the Getafe defense was ripe for the picking.
Isco netted a third goal for the home side, curling a shot past Moya, and the match looked to be over at that point.
But Cristiano Ronaldo’s night was not over just yet.
In stoppage time Sami Khedira sent in a low cross which Ronaldo majestically placed into the far corner with a beautiful back-heel shot. The Santiago Bernabeu erupted, and rightfully so.
Not only was Ronaldo’s second goal a thing of beauty, but it also saw the winger make history. Before the match Marca.com reported that Ronaldo was just one goal shy of equaling Hugo Sanchez’s record of goals at the Spanish club for fifth on the all-time list.
Ronaldo’s brace meant that the Portuguese star had scored 209 goals at Real Madrid and will be looking to move his way further up that list of all-time scorers for the club.
Angel di Maria: A+
The Argentine was everywhere for Real Madrid on the night. He created chances, tested the keeper and linked up play like no other. Di Maria even contributed defensively and was the orchestrator of four chances against Getafe.
Karim Benzema: D
Benzema again received more jeers than cheers by the fans at the Bernabeu. The French striker missed two open goals in the match and never looked dangerous with the ball. At this moment he continues to be a step behind his teammates.
The Getafe midfielder made far too many mistakes against Real Madrid. The 27-year-old was needed to control the midfield and stop chances, but he did more harm than good. He was also the cause of a penalty on the night after the ball struck his arm in the box.
Michel struggled to win the ball back and found completing passes nearly impossible against Real Madrid. He was sent off in the 85th minute, which was indicative of his play on the night.
Cristiano Ronaldo: A
Ronaldo made history, and that always deserves a high grade. The winger scored a brace but could have added at least two more throughout the match. His movement was spectacular and the defense had no answers for the Real Madrid ace.
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