Spanish LaLiga match report Real Madrid v Getafe 19 August 2018
Posted: 19 August 2018 Time: 23:23
Real Madrid started their LaLiga season with a 2-0 victory over Getafe, thanks to goals in either half from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale.
Smarting from a UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid, the European champions aimed redemption in their season opener.
A firs-time shot from Bale forced a good stretched save from David Soria on four minutes. The Welshman was in the thick of things again, heading against the top of the crossbar on 16 minutes.
Dani Carvajal got the ball rolling for Los Blancos four minutes later, nodding home a cross from out wide.
Real upped the tempo soon after, going in search for more goals and Karim Benzema nearly profited but Soria’s stern goalkeeping came forth.
Getafe applied pressure, but for large spells came in drips and drabs, allowing Real to head into the break in the lead.
The hosts pinned Getafe back again six minutes from the break when Bale thumped home from close range, giving Soria no chance at the near post
Real made its first introduction from the bench, with Casemiro replacing Isco after 58 minutes. Getafe responded minutes later with their own change, bringing on Jaime Mata.
The home side never let up and continued pushing for more goals. Marco Asensio was a whisker away from adding, but his shot from outside the box went over the top.
Despite the few half-chances from the away outfit, Real held firm and staved off every potential threat coming their way.
With no further attacking entries on either end, Real hang on to their first triumph of the season to get Julen Lopetegui off to a flying start.