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Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid: Los Blancos player ratings as Zinedine Zidane’s men falter in title race | La Liga 2020-21

Real Madrid‘s La Liga title ambitions took a major hit as they settled for a goalless draw away to Getafe on Sunday.

The defending champions have been decimated by injuries in recent months and have key games coming up in two different competitions.

Zinedine Zidane took the opportunity to rest ever-presents like Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema, while Casemiro was suspended for the red card picked up against Barcelona last week.

A bright start to the game saw Getafe create two chances early on. Real Madrid even had the ball in the back of the net through Mariano, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

The two sides continued to fashion good chances, and Vinicius Junior forced David Soria into a fine save in the 39th minute.

The second half continued in the same vein, but it was Getafe who asked all the questions, with Angel, Enes Unal and Nemanja Maksimovic all going close.

Real Madrid brought on Karim Benzema, Sergio Arribas and debutant Antonio Blanco to add more zeal to their attack, but they failed to make a mark on the game.

On the overall balance of play, a draw probably flattered Los Blancos, as the hosts were the better side in the game. The result also extended their unbeaten run to 15 games in the league.

The draw sees Real Madrid lose ground on city rivals Atletico Madrid as they are now three points behind the table-toppers. Barcelona could also overtake the Bernabeu outfit if they pick up all three points in their outstanding game.

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