Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe: Casemiro and Vazquez goals give Los Blancos victory
Real Madrid secured victory against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu to restore their 12-point lead at the top of LaLiga on Saturday.
It was a relatively comfortable evening's work for Madrid, with Casemiro's first-half header and Lucas Vazquez's second-half finish sealing a 2-0 win.
Madrid controlled the game from start to finish, and Carlo Ancelotti was even able to save the legs of some of his key players.
The coach made four changes from the midweek Champions League win against Chelsea, resting Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric with one eye on the quarter-final second leg.
Stamford Bridge hat-trick hero Karim Benzema remained in the line-up and had the ball in the net inside four minutes after a long pass from David Alaba fell kindly to him, only to see the flag go up for offside.
Madrid dominated the early stages but struggled to create chances, with Federico Valverde coming closest with a volley from a Benzema cross, forcing a tremendous save from David Soria.
The deadlock was broken in the 38th minute after Vinicius Junior put in a delightful cross with the outside of his right foot for Casemiro to head in at the far post.
The hosts knocked on the door for another soon after the break, with Valverde again going close with a free-kick from range.
But Madrid were made to wait until the 68th minute when Vazquez played a neat one-two on the right with Rodrygo before placing the ball with his left foot into the far corner of the net.
The visitors showed a brief glimpse of fight at the end, with Enes Unal hitting the post with an effort in the 90th minute, but it was merely a minor scare for the league leaders.
What does it mean? Easy night's work for Madrid
European opponents Chelsea had warmed up for their trip to the Spanish capital with a 6-0 hammering of Southampton earlier in the day, and Madrid responded with a win of their own – albeit in slightly less emphatic fashion.
It could and should have been more than 2-0, though, with 26 shots aimed at Soria's goal.
Madrid were playing against their favourite visitors, having now won their past 13 LaLiga home games against Getafe, their longest such active streak against any one opponent.
Camavinga shows promise
It has been a stop-start first year in Spain for Camavinga after his €40million move from Rennes, which is understandable when you see the quality ahead of him.
Here, he showed flashes of what made Madrid invest in him him, completing 68 of 74 passes (91.9 per cent) and making five interceptions, with none of his team-mates making more than one.
Casemiro picked up a yellow card that will see him miss next week's visit to Sevilla, and so Camavinga could come into consideration to fill in for his team-mate.
Unwanted history for Getafe
This was not a game from which Getafe would have expected to take a result, despite winning the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the campaign.
Quite apart from Madrid's outstanding form, Quique Sanchez Flores' strugglers are now winless in 19 away games in LaLiga dating back to a 2-0 victory against Huesca in April 2021. On Saturday, it became their longest winless run away from home in the top flight.
Real Madrid host Chelsea in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday before a trip to Sevilla in LaLiga next Sunday. Getafe welcome Villarreal on Saturday.