Marco Asensio scored a brace as Real Madrid beat Getafe 1-0 on Saturday. The result forces Barcelona to win the Spanish league crown on Sunday.
Asensio sent a left-footed shot into the net from outside the area, which was deflected in by Nemanja Maksimovic to break the goal in 70 minutes.
The Meringues face this league match with several early modifications considering their duel on Wednesday in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City, a fixture which ended 1-1 on aggregate.
With the win, Real Madrid temporarily moved up to second in the standings with 71 points, 11 behind Barcelona (82), for whom victory over Espanyol on their journey to win their first league title since 2019 Enough is enough – Lionel Messi.
Getafe will end the day in the relegation zone in 18th place with 34 units.
“The important thing was to win. Getafe has left behind a very complicated match. With Asensio’s goal, he faced us”, said defender Nacho Fernandez. “Winning to gain confidence is always positive and Wednesday is a very important final for us.”
Real Madrid sent a squad full of substitutes to start with a view to the next duel against City. Only goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde started the team that played the midweek first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
New Merengue Bets arranged for Belgian Eden Hazard to start for only the second time in the tournament, having barely 133 minutes in a league game.
The Whites, who won the Copa del Rey title last Saturday after beating Osasuna 2-1, had a poor first half, barely scoring.
Stars Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Vinicius Junior entered the compliment and a revolution struck.
Asensio celebrated his ninth goal of the championship (12th of the season) with a powerful left-footed shot that surprised goalkeeper David Soria after its trajectory was changed.
Camavinga triggered a worrying red flag for Real Madrid, forcing him to leave the field in the closing stages after seriously injuring his left knee, prompting him to ask for his replacement.
With doubles from Alex Baena (24 minutes and 90) and Nicolas Jackson (37 and 50), as well as an own goal from Aitor Paredes (61), Villarreal beat Athletic Bilbao 5–1 to consolidate in 5th place.
The victory solidifies the “Yellow Submarines” in the qualifying zone for the next Europa League.
The Basque team, for whom Ohan Sanset scored through a penalty before the break, was 8th with 47 points.
Recent Copa del Rey finalists Osasuna beat Almeria 3-1.
Against Budimir (46), Abde Ezalzouli (51) and Moi Gomez (81) scored for the Navarrese team, whose previous match was against Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey title.
Almeria discount via Lazaro in discount; The team remains at the 14th position with 36 units, just two points above the relegation zone.
In another result, Real Sociedad drew 2–2 with Girona and remained in fourth place.
The Txuri urdín team has 62 units, five above Villarreal in the battle for the last place in the Champions League. Girona is in seventh place with 48 units.