Real Madrid open 2022 with their first loss in La Liga since October

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Real Madrid’s astonishing defeat gives new hope to those chasing Spain, after Eder Militao’s early error allowed Enes Unal to score the winning goal in the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Sevilla, the closest team to Madrid, will be five points clear of the game with a game in hand if they win in Cadiz on Sunday. Getafe sits in 16th place after only recording their fourth league victory this season.

Madrid took the lead in the Spanish title race after a brilliant run that included 10 wins in a row with 15 games unbeaten, the last defeat to Espanyol on October 3. But Carlo Ancelotti’s side came out sadly in their first exit. 2022 and, without a short spell in the first half, really struggled to even threaten Getafe’s goal.

Eden Hazard went into the break but also failed to move his team when Karim Benzema calmed down in an unusual way forward. Real Madrid missed the entry of Vinicius Junior, who was absent after a Covid-19 test.

Ancelotti’s attitude was cut short in the second half when the cool Italian off the bench dropped his head after a free kick by Toni Kroos.

Getafe lost eight games in a row at the start of the season but came in after a disappointing rise under Quique Sanchez Flores, having played five unbeaten games, including two victories over Cadiz and Osasuna.

Unal gave them a goal in the ninth minute after a trusted Militao was caught asleep. The Brazilian has opened up on the edge of his field but caught another one, arguing with Unal, who snatched the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

Madrid ruled for 20 minutes, with Luke Modric increasingly influential, but Getafe with the dogs kept their lead until the end of the first half and were free in the second.

Hazard and Marcelo both came in during the break but none of them had a major impact, with Hazard not being able to put together a single effort on goal. Benzema was stopped by a gunshot, Casemiro saw half-volley saved and Mariano Diaz passed with a header, but Getafe deserved to win.

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