First Division - Day 25

Real Madrid 0 - Getafe 1

Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Heinze, Miguel Torres (Soldado 82'); Baptista (Drenthe 61'), Gago, Guti (Higuaín 74'); Raúl, Van Nistelrooy, Robben. 4-3-3.
Getafe: Pato Abbondanzieri; David Cortés (Mario 08', Albín 53'), Belenguer, Cata Díaz, Licht; Mario Cotelo, Casquero, Celestini, Pablo Hernández; Manu del Moral (Tena 67'), Uche. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Getafe: Madrid: Heinze, Miguel Torres, Van Nistelrooy for Michel Salgado, Marcelo, Drenthe / Belenguer, Mario Cotelo, Celestini for Mario, De la Red, Granero.

0-1. 64. Uche. Turned Pablo pass past Casillas on quick counter attack.

The gap at the top was closed to two points this weekend after Real Madrid lost to city rivals Getafe in the last match on Sunday. It was a bitter blow for coach Bernd Schuster against his old side, especially as the goal came in strange circumstances in the second half of the match. Robben had just put the ball into the net, but with the local players celebrating what they thought was a goal they didn't see that the referee had signalled that Raúl was offside in the build up. Belenguer took a quick free kick, and virtually unchallenged Casquero and Pablo Hernández ran up the other end where the latter set up Uche for him to turn a shot past Casillas.

Madrid just couldn't get going though, Van Nistelrooy, Raúl and Guti all failing to convert chances early on. The visitors were missing De la Red and Granero, both not allowed to play under their loan agreements, and only a Pablo free kick put Casillas to the test before the break. Raúl, Robben and Baptista all went close after the restart, but after Uche's goal the home side couldn't break down a well ordered defence, even with four forwards on the field for the last few minutes. It was fourth defeat in five for Madrid, and the chase for the title is wide open again. Getafe finished top of the class, and Michael Laudrup's side move up into the top half of the table.