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Real Madrid reach La Liga top after Getafe Win with Joselu's double

After beating Getafe, Real Madrid will now face Atletico Madrid on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu

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Striker Joselu scores first goal for Real Madrid in a match against Getafe on Feb 1, 2024. — Reuters
Striker Joselu scores first goal for Real Madrid in a match against Getafe on Feb 1, 2024. — Reuters

Real Madrid seized the top spot in La Liga with a resounding 2-0 victory over Getafe, propelled by striker Joselu's stellar performance. 

The triumph, under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, places Los Blancos two points clear of Girona after completing a crucial fixture.

Joselu, on loan from Espanyol, displayed his scoring skill, heading Madrid in front in the first half and delivering a lethal finish early in the second. Ancelotti praised Joselu's contributions, saying, "(Joselu) is doing everything he needs to stay here, he’s doing spectacularly," highlighting the striker's quality.

With the team set to face Atletico Madrid on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ancelotti expressed confidence in the squad's motivation and fighting spirit. Despite the challenges faced in managing the Getafe game, the coach reassured fans about the team's readiness for the critical juncture in the season.

The match against Getafe was not without setbacks, as defender Antonio Rudiger limped off in the first half. Ancelotti remains optimistic about Rudiger's recovery but acknowledges the uncertainties ahead.

Joselu's unselfish play, opting to pass to Vinicius instead of completing a hat-trick, showcased the team's collective ethos. However, a late-game booking for midfielder Tchouameni means he will miss the upcoming clash with Atletico, adding a layer of complexity for Ancelotti's side.

Getafe coach Jose Bordalas recognised the challenge of facing an in-form Madrid team, stating, "It was a shame to let in such an early goal, it did us a lot of damage." Despite the team's efforts, the inability to convert chances made the task even more daunting.