Real gunned down by Getafe
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid's title hopes were dealt a blow as they were beaten by Getafe.Real Madrid's title hopes were dealt a crushing blow as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Getafe.
Madrid tumbled out of Europe in midweek and they saw Barcelona extend their lead at the summit of La Liga to 11 points with a comfortable win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Real were looking to return the gap to single figures, but they had no answer as Getafe produced a stirring display.
Getafe are scrapping for their lives and they were in no mood to give the Galacticos an easy ride.
Raul fashioned a chance for himself, but keeper Sergio Aragonenses was the equal of his 20-yard drive, while Roberto Carlos shot wide from a good position and they were made to pay for a terrible defensive blunder on 37 minutes.
Ivan Helguera wildly sliced his clearance and the ball spun into the path of Albiol (pictured), who volleyed home with aplomb.
Real's hopes of mounting a revival were hit two minutes after the break when former Madrid youth star Riki sprung the offside trap before slotting his shot past Iker Casillas.
Real chased the game and Santiago Solari reduced the deficit two minutes from time with a fine long-range effort, but they were unable to snatch a point.