Getafe vs.  Real Madrid - Game Report - January 2, 2022

MADRID – (EFE) A glaring error by Éder Militao condemned Real Madrid, which lost 1-0 to Getafe to return to the path of defeat eleven days later and leave in the hands of Sevilla the possibility of tightening a League that until the moment dominated with force.

The failure of Militao, in the first minutes of the duel, was not wasted by Enes Ünal, who with his goal pushed Getafe out of relegation position.

Carlo Ancelotti, by surprise, seated Eden Hazard. Everyone expected the Belgian in the eleven, but he started the game on the bench after showing green shoots in previous appointments. It is not yet Chelsea, far from it, but it did point out promising details. However, Ancelotti opted for Marco Asensio, who was missing in action during the entire first half, and for Rodrygo Goes, more refined in the place of Vinícius, a victim of COVID-19.

Real Madrid, as expected, ran into a wall. Since Quique Sánchez Flores arrived at Getafe, he has managed to squeeze his squad to perfection.

Real Madrid committed the worst possible sin that can be committed against Getafe: getting behind on the scoreboard. Militao’s childish error at ten minutes condemned the Madrid squad to jump an even more resistant wall.

The Brazilian central’s lights went out in a couple of seconds of doubt. Enes Ünal, very clever, stole his wallet when Militao was the last man and was lost in making an absurd break to the Turkish striker, who did not fail against Thibaut Courtois.

The 1-0 forced Real Madrid to try to put an extra speed gear in handling the ball to try to break Getafe’s lines. At that moment, Luka Modric appeared, who left 25 excellent minutes in which he showed, once again, and they are infinite, his immense category.

But before the carousel of white occasions began, another mistake, this time by Alaba, was about to cost Real Madrid the second goal. However, he was lucky, because the gift went to Nemanja Maksimovic and not a player with a nose like Enes Ünal. The Serbian half, with all the goal for him, fired a ridiculous shot that came to nothing and gave his rival a break.

So, Modric took the controls and started with his display of passing, stealing and shooting. In two, he was about to balance the score, but David Soria and the crossbar avoided the Croatian’s goal. There was no award, perhaps deserved, for Real Madrid, which was only capable of overcoming Getafe’s defensive line with above-average talent plays.

Precisely, one of the less tuned, Asensio, left the game at halftime. Hazard appeared in the second half alongside Marcelo, who also sat down Ferland Mendy, and Real Madrid expected a total reset to turn around a dangerous result after the first act.

Ancelotti’s changes did not have the desired effect. Hazard, like Asensio, was another too static figure and Real Madrid needed electricity. Just the one he lost without Vinícius. Neither Asensio, first, nor Hazard, later, were able to make us forget the figure of the Brazilian. And, in the end, Real Madrid paid dearly for it.

Without Modric at the same level as the first part, it only remained to appeal to some individual saving action. Benzema had it in the equator of the second part, but he found the body of Jorge Cuenca; also Casemiro, who was able to score with a shot from outside the area. But it was not the day of Real Madrid.

It was Getafe, who ten years later won again a team that will now look askance at Sevilla. If Julen Lopetegui’s team wins the two fewer games it has than Ancelotti’s men, they will be only two points behind the lead. Suddenly, the League could have a hook. Militao, with his failure, was able to generate that sudden interest in knowing the future name of the champion.