Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol,
Pepe, Arbeloa; Lass, Xabi Alonso; Higuaín (Raúl 76'), Kaká
(Van der Vaart 82'), Marcelo; Benzema (Gago 60'). 4-2-3-1.
Getafe: Ustari; Miguel Torres, Cata Díaz, Mario, Mané; Boateng (Albín 51'), Celestini; Pedro León, Dani Parejo (Adrián González 67'), Manu del Moral (Gavilán 59'), Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 52. Higuaín. Chested down Marcelo cross and fired shot wide of Ustari.
2-0. 55. Higuaín. Picked up Benzema pass and ran on to shoot across keeper.
Yellow cards: Marcelo 30', Xabi Alonso 30', Mario 69' / red cards: Raúl Albiol 27'.
Real Madrid recovered from their recent bad form to beat neighbours Getafe 2-0 in the first match of Saturday evening. Things appeared to be going against them when Raúl Albiol was sent off for pulling back Soldado with just under half an hour on the clock. But Higuaín saved the day for his side with two goals in three minutes soon after the restart, the first after controlling a cross from Marcelo and the second after an assist from Benzema. Pellegrini's side are now only a point behind Barça in the table.