|First Division - Day 6|
Getafe 1 - Real Madrid 0
Abbondanzieri; David Cortés, Alexis, Belenguer, Paredes; Mario
Cotelo (Pulido 86'), Celestini, Casquero, Redondo (Licht 77'); Manu Del Moral
(Alberto 70'), Pachón. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Getafe: Mario Cotelo, Manu Del Moral for Licht, Sousa / Madrid: Iván Helguera, Raúl Bravo, Beckham, Cassano for Cannavaro, Sergio Ramos, Reyes, Raúl.
Another disappointing performance from Real Madrid, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of city neighbours Getafe leaving them out of the Champions League spots. Fabio Capello had asked fans to give him 50 days to get the team up and running, but as fate would have it this was the 50th day since he took charge and things appeared to have gone from bad to worse. With Cannavaro, Salgado and Cicinho injured and Ramos suspended, the coach was forced to bring back the out of favour Iván Helguera in defence, but he was in fact their best player as Bernd Schuster's side gave them the run around right from the start. Casquero in particular put Casillas to the test a couple of times, and the locals were unlucky to go in at the break with the scores level.
A clearly unhappy Capello decided to throw on Ronaldo and Raúl to join Van Nistelrooy at half time, but they still hardly created any chances. Schuster was missing a couple of key players himself, particularly in attack, but Pachón and Manu Del Moral were proving able substitutes and Manu brought a good save out of Casillas with a shot on the turn on the hour mark. And from the resulting corner Getafe took the lead, Alexis getting above Raúl Bravo to head Redondo's kick wide of the keeper.
Alberto hit the outside of the post and Pachón and Paredes both went close as the locals looked to increase the lead, and the only problem for Abbondanzieri and his defence was a dangerous cross from Robinho in the dying minutes which Guti just failed to reach. Madrid ended with ten men after Ronaldo was shown a second yellow card for something he said to the referee, meaning he will miss next weekend's big match with Barcelona. A bad night for Madrid on a ground where they have never won, and their tiny neighbours are now only one point behind them in the table.