Real Madrid is into the Champions League semifinals, but before they take on Manchester City, they have to take care of business in league play. With four matches in play on Saturday, Madrid took the headlines with a flurry of goals.
Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid
All five starting attackers for Real Madrid got on the scoresheet as they trounced Getafe and pulled within one of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table. Karim Benzema, who recently learned he will not play in Euro 2016 in his home country, opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when he leaked through the offside trap and powered home a James Rodriguez cross. Isco would net before halftime, and Gareth Bale, Rodriguez, and Cristiano Ronaldo all bagged goals before the game was over. The win brings Madrid to 75 points, one back of Barcelona who plays tomorrow, hosting Valencia.
Celta Vigo 1-1 Real Betis
Celta Vigo’s last gasp to push for a shock Champions League place was likely extinguished today, only able to manage a draw at home against Real Betis. The home side was forced to fight back for much of the game, with Betis going ahead through Alfred Ndiaye in the 24th minute. Celta hit back in the 78th minute as former D.C. United midfielder Pablo Hernandez leveled things up. That was how things would end, and it leaves Celta Vigo still in fifth position and eight points back of a Champions league place.
La Palmas 1-1 Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon mustered a solid road point as a 48th minute goal from Jony allowed them to share the spoils. La Palmas had won three in a row prior to Saturday, and six of its last seven, vaulting them near the top half of the table. They scored just three minutes into Saturday’s match as Pedro Bigas headed home, but things ended even bringing Sporting Gijon up to 29 points, just one away from safety.
Eibar 2-1 Real Sociedad
The Basque derby went to the home side as Eibar out-muscled Real Sociedad for a come-from-behind win. The visitors scored just seven minutes in through David Zurutuza, but goals from Sergi Enrich and Gonzalo Escalante gave Eibar all three points. It’s the first-ever top-flight win from a losing position for Eibar, a club promoted to La Liga in 2014.