Injury-plagued Real Madrid taken apart by Getafe
Real Madrid crashed to their third Liga defeat of the season on Saturday, 3-1 away to local neighbours Getafe, dpa reported.
Getafe dominated from start to finish and should have won by a bigger margin. They had no less than five good penalty appeals turned down, and hit Iker Casilla's woodwork twice.
"We should have scored more goals tonight," said Getafe's two-goal hero Juan Albin. "But the important thing is the three points, not the goals that did not go in."
The depressing defeat leaves Real three points behind leaders Barcelona, who are away to fifth-placed Sevilla later on Saturday - and increases the pressure on embattled coach Bernd Schuster.
Barca have 29 points right now, Real 26, Villarreal 25, and Valencia and Sevilla 24.
Schuster, who narrowly avoided the sack two weeks ago, had to redesign his team twice in the first half as first Wesley Sneijder and then Miguel Torres limped off injured.
Real started the game without seven injury victims. They fell behind after just three minutes, when Uruguayan youngster Albin headed in a perfect centre from Jaime Gavilan.
Albin made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half with a speculative near-post shot, which the out-of-form Iker Casillas made a mess of.
In the 56th minute, Real's Javier Saviola reduced arrears after being put through by Guti, playing his 500th game for the whites.
But Real deserved to take nothing from the game and nine minutes from time, supersub Ikechuwku Uche made it 3-1 after being set up by the outstanding Albin.