Cristiano Ronaldo became Real Madrid's fifth top scorer of all time as they came from behind to secure a comfortable 4-1 win against local rivals Getafe on Sunday night.
Starting without Gareth Bale, who got injured in the warm-up, goals from Ronaldo (2), Pepe and Isco helped Los Blancos to their fourth win in their opening five La Liga matches.
The visitors had opened the scoring when Angel Lafita, who was eventually forced off injured in the first half, saw his 20-yard strike deflected past the helpless Diego Lopez inside the first 10 minutes.
Madrid weren't about to play the wounded animal, though, and it was always a matter of time until they got back into the match.
When the equaliser did come, it was courtesy of a delicious delivery from Angel di Maria. The Argentinian swung in a free kick which Ronaldo turned towards goal, but when Miguel Angel Moya saved well, Pepe was on hand to tap home.
A controversial penalty, awarded for a hand ball in Getafe's defensive wall, was then clinically dispatched by Ronaldo for his 207th Madrid goal to ensure the hosts led at the break.
Isco, who came into the starting lineup after Bale withdrew, then added the third in the second half to continue his wonderful start to the season and kill off any hopes of a Getafe comeback.
Karim Benzema, Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata all had chances to make it four, before Michel saw red for bringing down the exciting Jese Rodriguez late on.
There was still time for more Ronaldo magic, though, his clever late finish with his heel bringing up 208 goals for the club and moving him ahead of Hugo Sanchez in the club's scoring charts.
Ancelotti on Bale: "He had small problem in warm-up. We cannot say it is an injury, I do not think it is big. He will have a test tomorrow"— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 22, 2013
Carlo Ancelotti: "Cristiano and Isco were great. Karim was slightly unlucky. He worked a lot but had bad luck." #HalaMadrid— WeAreMadrid10 (@WeAreMadrid10) September 22, 2013
Key Player Grades
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid: A-
Admittedly he scored two goals, taking him to five since he's signed his new deal and into Madrid's top scorers, but it still wasn't quite Ronaldo as we know he can be.
Considering one goal was a penalty and the other, however sublime it was, was deep into stoppage time, it is somewhat surprising that he didn't leave with the match ball considering the 13 shots he managed in the match.
The signs are that he's beginning to find his place in Carlo Ancelotti's system, which could be reason for the rest of Spain and Europe to worry.
Angel di Maria, Real Madrid: A
Angel di Maria, surprisingly to some, wasn't cast aside when Gareth Bale arrived, and the Argentinian looks intent on proving his worth to Real Madrid.
He managed five key passes in the game, and his set pieces were often undefendable.
Madrid's first goal came from his delicious delivery, and a carbon copy minutes later should have given them the lead before Ronaldo's penalty.
Miguel Angel Moya, Getafe: A
The score may reveal that Miguel Angel Moya let in four, but were it not for the former Valencia stopper, Getafe could have found themselves on the end of an embarrassing score line.
He made eight saves throughout the match, and there was little he could have done about any of Madrid's goals.
And with 54 touches, it's not surprising to learn that only Pedro Mosquera had more touches for the visitors.
|Angel di Maria||AM||A|
Real Madrid travel to Elche on Wednesday evening, while Getafe welcome Celta Vigo on Thursday.
Stats courtesy of whoscored.com.