6 Things We Learned from Real Madrid's 4-0 Win over Getafe

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2013

6 Things We Learned from Real Madrid's 4-0 Win over Getafe

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    On Sunday, Real Madrid dominated the second half of their match with Getafe to win 4-0 at the Bernabeu.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored goals with his left foot, right foot and head in a 10-minute span to power Madrid to victory. 

    The win kept Real Madrid on track with second-placed Atletico Madrid in the table and gave Los Blancos plenty of momentum heading into their Wednesday match in the Copa del Rey with Barcelona.

    Here are six things we learned from Real's Sunday triumph at the Bernabeu. 

Early Kickoff Affected Everyone Involved

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    The kickoff time for Sunday's match was 6 a.m. ET, which is just around lunchtime in Spain. 

    With both clubs used to playing matches later in the day, the early wake-up call affected the play of both Real Madrid and Getafe in the first half.

    Both clubs came out of the gate slow, as all 22 players on the pitch looked a bit sluggish. 

    Once the second half began, the play began to pick up and Real Madrid benefited greatly from their halftime break. 

Mourinho's Halftime Substitution Was Forced

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    When Raul Albiol picked up a yellow card in the 10th minute, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was forced to consider his substitution options with an already weakened defense. 

    The last thing Mourinho could afford on Sunday would be the loss of a defender to a sending off.

    At halftime, Albiol was taken off of the pitch in favor of Sami Khedira. 

    With Khedira in the lineup, Michael Essien moved over to right-back while Sergio Ramos shifted into the center of defense. 

    Albiol will most likely start in the Real Madrid back four against Barcelona on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey. 

First Real Madrid Goal Opened the Floodgates

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    For the first eight minutes of the second half, Getafe weathered the Real Madrid storm.

    In the 53rd minute, Sergio Ramos tapped home a goal that defined the scrappy play that we saw on the pitch until that point in the match. 

    Once Ramos' shot found the back of the net, the morale of the Getafe players plummeted. 

    The knockout blow to the Getafe morale came nine minutes later when they were caught on the counterattack and let in a second Real Madrid goal. 

Mesut Ozil Is the Key to the Real Madrid Attack

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    While Cristiano Ronaldo may be the man who scores all the goals in the Real Madrid attack, Mesut Ozil is the player who makes the attack run properly. 

    Ozil's playmaking qualities were on display during the second Los Blancos goal when he laid a pass off to the feet of Ronaldo, who then shot and scored. 

    The assist earned by Ozil was his eighth this season and his third in his last two matches. 

    If Real Madrid are to succeed over the rest of the season, Ozil will have to play like he has in the past two matches. 

Antonio Adan Has Yet to Prove Himself

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    With first-choice goalkeeper Iker Casillas out for two months with a hand injury, the goalkeeping duties at Real Madrid now lie squarely on Antonio Adan.

    Adan made his fourth start of the season on Sunday, and although he recorded a clean sheet, he has yet to prove his worth as the first-choice keeper for the next two months. 

    Adan was barely tested by the Getafe attack, and when they did get a shot on goal it went right into the arms of the 25-year-old. 

    In Adan's first three starts, he has conceded four goals and has been sent off against Real Sociedad

    The biggest test this season for Adan will come on Wednesday against Barcelona in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey,

Without Miguel Angel Moya, Getafe Would Have Lost by Much More

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    Getafe had one standout performer on Sunday and that was goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya. 

    Moya made nine saves in the losing effort and if he did not make those saves, the scoreline could have been uglier. 

    While Moya did have a strong match in the Getafe net, he had one glaring error in his club's loss. Moya dropped the ball while attempting to catch a corner kick on Real Madrid's first goal. 

    After Moya dropped the ball, Sergio Ramos pounced on his mistake and scored the first goal of the match. 

     

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