Watch: Karim Benzema strikes the crossbar for Real Madrid against Getafe

Real Madrid hosted Getafe at Valdebebas in another crucial La Liga clash on Tuesday evening. Madrid went into the clash eight points behind city rivals and league leaders Atletico Madrid, while being level on points with Barcelona and just a point clear of fourth-placed Sevilla. A win was important.

Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane had a number of selection issues to face, with key figures like Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard and Toni Kroos all unavailable through either injury or suspension. The Frenchman opted for an experimental 3-4-3 system to start with, with Marcelo playing as a wing-back with the freedom to tuck inside and operate almost as an attacking midfielder.

The first half was uneventful to say the least. Madrid dominated the ball but lacked incision, Luka Modric testing David Soria with a half-chance the only meaningful chance alongside veteran marksman Karim Benzema striking the crossbar when a goal would have put his team into a nerve-settling lead.

Tags Getafe Karim Benzema La Liga Real Madrid