Getafe vs. Real Madrid: Azulones Upset Defending Champions with 2-1 Victory

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 26, 2012

GETAFE, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the la Liga match between Getafe and Real Madrid at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on August 26, 2012 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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For the third match in a row, Real Madrid left the pitch in disappointment. 

The defending La Liga champs lost to Getafe by a score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, giving them one draw and two defeats to start the season.

Madrid drew at home against Valencia last week before losing to Barcelona in the first leg of the Super Cup, leaving them with just one point in La Liga, good enough for a spot in 15th place behind powerhouses such as Deportivo La Coruna and Real Zaragoza.  

Talk about a rough start to the season. 

Sunday's loss, however, was easily the low point so far in this early campaign. 

Getafe finished 11th in La Liga last season, just barely behind Real Madrid—a mere 53 points behind, to be exact. It started this season with a loss at Sevilla. Getafe trailed 1-0 at halftime after a Gonzalo Higuian 27th-minute strike. They controlled only 31 percent of possession. A laugher appeared to be on the way in the second half. 

Not so fast.

Defender Juan Valera's 53rd-minute header pulled Getafe equal before Abdelaziz Barrada put his squad ahead for good in the 75th minute. 

Real Madrid out-shot Getafe, 14-11, and controlled the ball for almost 70 percent of the time, but as is often the story in football, it wasn't enough.

To top it off, Fabio Coentrao was given a red card in the 92nd minute. He was on the bench at the time, but apparently said something the referee didn't really enjoy.

It was an odd finish to what continues to be a very odd month by Real Madrid's standards.