Real Madrid thrashed Getafe 2-0 in La Liga as a warm-up for Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg. Despite resting four starters, Los Merengues increased their lead at the top of the table. Real Madrid didn’t exactly welcome Gareth Bale with open arms, even though he played some minutes.
Seven minutes before the break, Casemiro scored on a diving header after Vinicius Jr. sent an exquisite outside-the-boot cross. Right back Lucas Vazquez and right winger Rodrygo set up Vazquez’s second goal for Real Madrid in the second half of the match against Getafe.
Real Madrid now has a 12-point advantage over Sevilla at the top of La Liga, with just seven games remaining. Sevilla hosts Real Madrid in the next league encounter on Sunday, April 17, for one more chance to make the race intriguing.
Barcelona will be keeping a close eye on Real Madrid because it has games in hand and might still make a late comeback. However, no team in La Liga history has ever lost a 12-point advantage. There are 11 more points needed by Real Madrid to win La Liga for a record 35th time.
All eyes will be on Real Madrid’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg with Chelsea on Tuesday. Ancelotti’s team will enter the encounter with a 3-1 aggregate-goal advantage after to a stunning victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City or Atletico Madrid might face the team in the semi-finals if it progresses.
Gareth Bale made his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu in over two years as a second-half substitute against Getafe on Saturday. His arrival was greeted by cheers from the home crowd, who believe he is more dedicated to the Welsh national team than his club in Spain.
As for Getafe, they are one of five teams battling it out for the final relegation slot with just four points separating them. This would mean that both Deportivo Alaves and Levante would be relegated to the second level.