Real Madrid stunned by Getafe as Enes Unal scores early winner

LaLiga leaders Real Madrid make the worst possible start to 2022 as they are stunned by lowly Getafe with Enes Unal scoring the winner early on and even frustrated coach Carlo Ancelotti getting a yellow card

  • Real Madrid went down 1-0 to struggling Getafe in their first match of the year
  • Turkish striker Enes Unal settled the match by scoring in the ninth minute
  • Getafe keeper David Soria then kept league leaders at bay to secure victory
  • Eden Hazard struggled to make an impact having initially been left out the side
  • Real are eight points clear but second-placed Sevilla have two games in hand 

Real Madrid dropped in on the neighbours for New Year’s and came away feeling much the worse for wear, losing 1-0 at Getafe.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side deserved their three points as the league leaders conceded early with sloppy defending and never managed to beat on form home keeper David Soria.

It was another afternoon to forget for Eden Hazard. He never made the starting line-up despite the absence of Vinicius because of a Covid positive. And when he came on at the break he could not haul Madrid back into the game. 

Enes Unal is mobbed by his team-mates after firing Getafe into the lead against Real Madrid

The Turkish striker broke the deadlock after only nine minutes in against the league leaders

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema gestures in frustration during their match at Getafe

Madrid were behind just 11 minutes into the game and it was a mistake by Eder Militao that led to the goal. He was robbed of possession by Enes Unal who shot past Thibaut Courtois.

Getafe’s advantage was almost doubled when Militao’s partner David Alaba sent an awkward back pass to Courtois and he cleared but Nemanja Maksimovic was gifted with a chance he did not expect and wasn’t able to accept.

Luka Modric led Madrid’s response. His first shot was finger-tipped wide by Soria for a corner. And his second strike came crashing off the crossbar. 

Unal fires a shot at Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as Getafe exert pressure 

Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez is pursued by Getafe’s Jorge Cuenca during the opening half

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was booked late in the first-half as his frustrations grew

Match facts 

Getafe (5-3-2): Soria; Suarez (c), Cabaco (Nyom 83), Mitrovic, Cuenca, Olivera; Alena (Florentino 74), Maksimovic, Arambarri; Unal (Jankto 83), Ramirez (Mata 65)

Substitutes not used: Yanez (GK), Alcoado (GK); Iglesias, Silva, Timor

Manager: Quique Sanchez Flores

Scorer: Unal 9

Booked: Suarez, Arambarri, Olivera 

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Vazquez (Gonzalez 85), Militao, Alaba, Mendy (Marcelo 46); Modric, Casemiro, Kroos (Isco 85); Rodrygo (Diaz 67), Benzema (c), Asensio (Hazard 46)

Substitutes not used: Fuidias (GK), Lunin (GK); Ceballos, Fernandez, Marin, Vallejo, Valverde

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Booked: Rodrygo, Casemiro

Referee: Mario Melero López

Attendance: 11,890

Modric was electric in the first 25 minutes and his sublime pass to Rodrygo almost created another opening but Getafe stepped out so that Madrid were offside as they tried to continue the move.

For all the concerns over losing players through Covid positives Madrid were nearly at full strength but they were missing talisman Vinicius and Getafe kept them at bay. 

Carlo Ancelotti cut a frustrated figure on the touchline, booked when Getafe stole yards with a throw-in and he lambasted the officials he did nothing to stop the throw being taken. 

Getafe, in contrast, were on such a high that Damian Suarez tried audaciously to beat Courtois with a shot from his own half.

They could have gone in 2-0 up but Militao deflected Alaba’s shot from Suarez’ cross out for a corner that came to nothing.

Ancelotti made two changes at the break bringing on Hazard for the ineffective Marcos Asensio and replacing Ferland Mendy with Marcelo.

Both subs linked up well with Benzema on the hour but the Frenchman’s shot was blocked and Real Madrid could do nothing from the corner. 

Marcelo was having fun down the left with a licence to just attack. His cross came out to Casemiro and the midfielders shot would have found the corner had David Soria not got across to save at full stretch. 

For once Madrid had got beyond Getafe’s impressive three-man centre defence but the keeper had foiled them. Mariano was next to go close. He had come on up front with Benzema and Hazard but he could not keep his header down. 

Luka Modric fires in a shot at the Getafe goal from the edge of the box in Sunday’s match

Rodrygo (left) fights for the ball with Damian Suarez during Sunday afternoon’s encounter

With seven minutes left Ancelotti took the more drastic measures of bringing on Isco and 19-year-old Peter Gonzalez for only his second appearance this season. 

Left-footed winger Peter went to right-back and with Marcelo on the other side Madrid were now more open to the counter.

As the board was raised for added time revealing seven minutes, Isco might have got the leveller but keeper Soria made the save once more. Getafe deserved all three points

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric stretches to win the ball ahead of Stefan Mitrovic 

Real’s Brazilian forward Rodrygo goes flying to the ground under pressure from Jorge Cuenca 

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