Amid a low-wattage LaLiga match, Marco Asensio struck to help Real Madrid seal victory over Getafe at Santiago Bernabeu.
Marco Asensio’s 20-yard finish helped Real Madrid to a low-key 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Getafe in LaLiga on Saturday.
The Spain international fired home a superb strike with 20 minutes left at the Santiago Bernabeu to keep Los Blancos in the mix for a top-two finish.
But he will still be keen to ensure they maintain their unbeatable momentum after seeing off Jose Bordalas’s struggling visitors.
With a heavily rotated side fielded in deference to Wednesday’s upcoming European crunch clash with Manchester City, Madrid overshadowed the lackluster first half between the two.
Asensio squandered an opportunity after tapping a soft finish straight at goalkeeper David Soria from Aurelien Tchouameni’s clever delivery, while Dani Ceballos was wildly off target just after the half-hour mark.
Getafe themselves struggled to force their hosts into their own opener and were mostly limited to a flurry of half chances for Juan Iglesias to deal with in the opening quarter of an hour.
This overall lack of quality saw Ancelotti introduce a number of first-team regulars after the break, joined by Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric.
But it was Asensio who eventually won it after striking from distance, a clever deflection helping his effort slide under Soria and onto the right post.
Vinicius saw a late run flagged for offside, but Madrid did not bother in the closing stages and secured the three points with little fuss.