Real Madrid’s reserve players narrowly beat Getafe 1-0 to reserve their top players for the crucial Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
Marco Asensio scored the only goal in the 70th minute. Real Madrid has shifted its focus from defending the league title to winning the Champions League and Copa del Rey. Barcelona, on the other hand, can secure the league title if they beat Espanyol and need only two points from the remaining games.
This would be their first league win since Lionel Messi’s departure two seasons ago.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti fielded just four first-class players against Getafe to prioritize the upcoming second leg against Manchester City. Camavinga suffered a knock but is expected to recover. Karim Benzema, Rodrygo and David Alaba were excluded from the squad due to minor fitness issues. Vinícius Júnior, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were used as substitutes in the second half. Ancelotti praised the professionalism of his players and the boost the result gave.
Getafe, a team fighting relegation, paid tribute to Real Madrid for winning the Copa del Rey. Eden Hazard, who had only started one league game this season, made a rare start. The game remained dull in the first half, but Real Madrid improved in the second half. Asensio scored the winning goal with a deflected long shot.
Asensio, known for coming on as a substitute, is likely to play a similar role in the upcoming game against Manchester City.
In the race for the last spot in the Champions League, Villarreal closed the gap on fourth-placed Real Sociedad with a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. Villarreal are now five points behind Sociedad with four games remaining. Girona, a surprise player this season, secured a 2-2 draw against Sociedad to maintain their strong form and position themselves for a place in the Conference League.
Osasuna bounced back from their loss in the Copa del Rey final to beat Almeria 3–1, with loanee Abde Ezzalzouli impressing by scoring a goal.
Overall, Real Madrid’s reserve players managed a narrow victory against Getafe, keeping their top players fresh for the important Champions League game against Manchester City. Barcelona has a chance to win the national title, while Villarreal and Girona battle for the last place in the Champions League.
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