Cristiano Ronaldo scores 10-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Getafe

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Jan 27th, 2013
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team’s third, and his second, goal against Getafe. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Real Madrid warmed up for their Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona with a 4-0 home victory over Getafe on Sunday.

Sergio Ramos scored in the 53rd minute after Ricardo Carvalho forced goalkeeper Miguel Moyà to fumble the ball by hitting his arms in an apparent foul that went unpunished. “I don’t know if I fouled him or not,” Carvalho said. “It all happened so fast. I jumped and I don’t know if I touched him.” Ronaldo then scored three times in an 10-minute span to give him 21 goals in league play this season, second only to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with 29.

Madrid’s win keeps them in third place and reduced the gap with Barcelona to 12 points before the league leaders host Osasuna on Sunday evening. Madrid host Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday.

Even though Madrid’s league title defence looks almost impossible, Carvalho said Madrid were still going all out for victory. “The most important thing is to win games, in the league as well, since it makes us stronger for the Copa del Rey and Champions League [against Manchester United],” Carvalho said.

Adán Garrido started in Madrid’s goal after Iker Casillas broke his hand on Wednesday and underwent an operation on Friday. He will be out for eight to 12 weeks. Madrid signed Diego López from Sevilla on Saturday and he was on the bench for the game against Getafe. And with el clásico looming, the Madrid manager, José Mourinho, rested Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Ronaldo were all substituted.

Madrid had the better share of the scoring chances in a subdued first half. Ronaldo tested Moyà with a bouncing free-kick 10 minutes in, before drawing a save from the Getafe goalkeeper 12 minutes later. Moyà again responded well to turn away back-to-back attempts by Khedira and Fábio Coentrão moments before Madrid scored after Carvalho’s collision with Moyà.

“It was clearly a foul,” the Getafe manager, Luis García, said. “It’s a pity. When you are losing you have to push forward and that’s what let them get out on the break. Madrid is the best team in the world on the counterattack.”

At 1-0 up, Madrid did not look back. Ronaldo finished off a counterattack in the 62nd minute, running on to Ozil’s pass and firing the ball beyond Moyà and inside the far upright. Three minutes later, he made it 3-0 as he charged in unmarked behind Gonzalo Higuaín to head home Angel Di Maria’s floated cross at the far post.

Ronaldo then dispatched a penalty into the lower left corner in the 72nd to record his second hat-trick in the league this season after Alberto Lopo fouled Luka Modric in the area.
AFP

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