Real Madrid are back in action in LaLiga Santander after the Christmas break, as they face Getafe at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday afternoon (13:00 GMT). Carlo Ancelotti's side currently have an eight-point lead over second-placed Sevilla, who have a game in hand over Los Blancos, whereas Quique Sanchez Flores' team are in 16th but level on points with Alaves in 18th. Stay with us for all the build-up to Getafe vs Real Madrid and then updates from this match featuring two teams at opposite ends of the table.
Getafe vs Real Madrid - FINAL SCORE: 1-0
This is the start of our Getafe vs Real Madrid live blog, with updates from this LaLiga Santander fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
FULL TIME: Getafe 1-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid's 11-game unbeaten run in LaLiga Santander has come to an end, as Enes Unal's ninth-minute goal was enough to separate the two sides. David Soria pulled off some impressive saves when needed, but this is a crucial result for Getafe as they create a three-point gap between themselves and Alaves in 18th.
Minute 90+1: Soria saves again
Modric's free-kick cross from the right was met by the head of Isco, but his header was easily saved by Soria. Getafe have another six minutes to hold on for a famous three points.
Minute 85: Final changes for Real Madrid
Ancelotti is going all-out in search of at least an equaliser, as Isco and Peter Gonzalez have entered the fray in place of Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos.
Minute 83: Fresh legs for Getafe
Allan Nyom and Jakub Jankto have replaced Erick Cabaco and Enes Unal ahead of the last period of the match.
Minute 80: Mariano heads wide
Militao's cross into the area was aimed towards Benzema but met by Mariano, who could only guide his header wide of Soria's post.
Minute 76: Great save by Soria
The ball fell to Casemiro on the edge of the box and he got a well-hit shot away, but Soria flew across his goal to keep it out. Great save.
Minute 74: Second Getafe substitution
Carles Alena has been brought off by Quique Sanchez Flores, as he introduces Florentino Luis in an attempt to bring more energy.
Minute 68: Benzema shot headed behind
Karim Benzema got a shot away at goal, but it was headed behind by Jorge Cuenca. As the game is advancing towards its latter stages, Benzema and Hazard seem to be finding each other more and more.
Minute 67: Another substitution for Real Madrid
With Real Madrid still losing, Ancelotti has taken the decision to withdraw Rodrygo and replace him with Mariano Diaz.
Minute 64: Getafe's first change
Sandro Ramirez has come off for Getafe and Jaime Mata has come on in his place.
Minute 58: Frustration for Real Madrid
Rodrygo, who looks okay after his possible shoulder injury, ran back 30 yards to win the ball back for Real Madrid, but Hazard then lost possession in a sloppy manner.
Minute 55: Sandro's shot easily saved
Sandro ran towards Alaba and got a decent shot away, but it went comfortably into Courtois' arms.
Minute 51: Rodrygo down injured
Jorge Cuenca pushed Rodrygo to the ground and he landed awkwardly on his left arm, which has led to Mariano Diaz warming up.
Minute 49: No sign of improvement for Real Madrid
Real Madrid are still not in their groove and are struggling to take control of the match. The introduction of Hazard has not yet had the desired effect.
Minute 46: Getafe kick off the second half
The second half is underway here at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Let's see if there is any reaction from Real Madrid.
Second half: Two changes for Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti has turned to his bench at half time, bringing on Marcelo and Eden Hazard for Ferland Mendy and Marco Asensio. Rodrygo will go from the left wing to the right.
HALF TIME: Getafe 1-0 Real Madrid
Enes Unal's goal in the ninth minute is what separates the two teams at the break. Real Madrid came back into the game and had a series of half-chances, while Ancelotti was becoming visibly frustrated as the half wore on, in part due to the tactics employed by Quique Sanchez Flores' side. It will be interesting to see how Real Madrid respond in the second period.
Minute 45+2: Another chance for Getafe
Getafe took a quick throw-in and the ball ended up at the feet of Damien Suarez, who cut the ball back for Enes Unal to get a shot away, but it was blocked by Eder Militao and went behind for a corner.
Minute 41: Ancelotti loses his cool
Carlo Ancelotti has been complaining about the lack of fouls given against Getafe and has received a yellow card for remonstrating with the fourth official and the referee himself.
Minute 30: Real Madrid pushing but to no avail
Real Madrid are continuing to push forward in numbers, but they have not yet found a way through this resolute Getafe defence. The speed of this game feels like something we'd see in the middle of November or April, rather than the first game back after the Christmas break.
Minute 21: First card of the game
Rodrygo Goes has been shown a yellow card after pulling back Damien Suarez and preventing a Getafe counter-attack.
Minute 20: Kroos misses the target
Real Madrid quickly counter-attacked and that resulted in Lucas Vazquez picking out Toni Kroos on the edge of the box, but his half-volley went a yard or so wide.
Minute 17: Modric hits the crossbar!
A swift Real Madrid attack led to Rodrygo shifting the ball across towards Benzema, who dummied it and allowed Modric to get a shot away, which hit the crossbar.
Minute 15: Modric shoots wide
From a short corner, Modric shifted the ball onto his right foot and attempted a shot from 25 yards out that took a deflection and fizzed just wide of David Soria's far post.
Minute 14: Another couple of chances for Getafe
Enes Unal and then Nemanja Maksimovic had two good chances to score a second goal for Getafe, but Real Madrid got away with it. Courtois and the Real Madrid back four look nervous, with these opening 14 minutes having been very frantic.
Minute 9: GOAL FOR GETAFE!
Real Madrid seemed to win the ball back after Sandro Ramirez lost possession, but Enes Unal put pressure on Eder Militao and emerged with the ball before firing past Thibaut Courtois. Getafe 1-0 Real Madrid.
Minute 2: Getafe being aggressive
Carles Alena and Mathias Olivera have both made fouls that easily could have received a yellow card later in the match. So far, referee Mario Melero Lopez has kept his cards in his pocket.
13:00 GMT: Kick off!
Real Madrid have kicked things off here at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Stay with us for updates from Getafe vs Real Madrid.
12:20 GMT: Real Madrid warming up
The Real Madrid players are currently warming up ahead of the match, and you can follow along via the club's official Twitter channel.
12:00 GMT: Getafe's XI is here
Quique Sanchez Flores has made one change of note, as Erick Cabaco has come in for the suspended Djene Dakonam.
Getafe's starting line-up vs Real Madrid (5-3-2): David Soria; Damian Suarez, Erick Cabaco, Stefan Mitrovic, Jorge Cuenca, Mathias Olivera; Nemanja Maksimovic, Carles Alena, Mauro Arambarri; Sandro Ramirez, Enes Unal.
11:45 GMT: Real Madrid are in the building
The Real Madrid squad have arrived at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez ahead of this afternoon's match.
11:15 GMT: Ancelotti leaves out Hazard
Carlo Ancelotti has announced his Real Madrid XI that will face Getafe today, and surprisingly he has decided against including Eden Hazard. Given Vinicius Junior is out due to COVID-19, it was widely expected that the Belgian would take up the position on the left-hand side of Real Madrid's attack.
Real Madrid's starting line-up vs Getafe (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes.
11:00 GMT: LaLiga remember an old Getafe vs Real Madrid match
Back on March 25, 2010, Real Madrid won 4-2 away at Getafe after Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain scored a brace apiece. Will Karim Benzema and co find the back of the net as often today?
10:30 GMT: Real Madrid kick off 2022
The first game of 2022 in LaLiga Santander gets underway this afternoon at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, and Real Madrid will be hoping that this is a year in which they are able to lift the domestic league title and also make a strong push in the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana and, of course, the Champions League.
10:00 GMT: Getafe vs Real Madrid preview
Carlo Ancelotti couldn't have asked for a better first half of the 2021/22 LaLiga Santander season, with his team sitting comfortably at the top of the table, yet he now turns his attention to the new year with Real Madrid facing an away trip to Getafe to kickstart 2022.
Los Blancos will resume their domestic campaign on January 2, with the club a healthy eight points clear of Sevilla at the LaLiga Santander summit, whilst Getafe are involved in a battle to avoid the drop after their years of overachieving.
A COVID-19 outbreak within the Real Madrid camp has put a number of players in doubt for the trip to Getafe, although there is some positive news on this front. Thibaut Courtois, Fede Valverde and Vinicius tested positive for the virus prior to the New Year, but have since returned negative tests and could be involved on Sunday.
However, Eduardo Camavinga is ruled out of the trip, having tested positive for COVID-19 and having picked up a suspension.
Getafe vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups
Getafe's predicted line-up: David Soria; Damian Suarez, Stefan Mitrovic, Erick Cabaco, Jorge Cuenca, Mathias Oliveira; Mauro Arambarri, Nemanja Maksimovic, Carles Alena; Enes Unal, Sandro Ramirez
Real Madrid's predicted line-up: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.
Getafe vs Real Madrid: When does it start?
This Sunday's match between Getafe and Real Madrid kicks off at 14:00 CET, the local time in Spain. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 08:00 ET/05:00 PT, and for those living in the United Kingdom you can tune in at 13:00 GMT.
Getafe vs Real Madrid: Where to watch it?
The LaLiga Santander matchup between Getafe and Real Madrid will take place at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday, January 2. For those living in the USA you can watch the match live on ESPN+, whilst for those living in the UK the match will be broadcast live on LaLigaTV.
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