Real Madrid maintained their imperious form with a 4-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday sparked by the dismissal of Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.
Atletico began with a high tempo and put their rivals on the back foot with an Adrian Lopez goal on 14 minutes.
A Diego pass broke the offside trap and Adrian fired home from close range.
The key moment of the match came mid-way through the first half when Karim Benzema was upended by the Atletico keeper, who was red carded, and Ronaldo coolly slotted in from 12 yards.
After the break, Ronaldo pulled the ball back for Angel di Maria to put Real ahead and then substitute Gonzalo Higuain rounded the keeper after 64 minutes for the third.
Atletico were reduced to nine men when defender Diego Godin was dismissed for a foul on Higuain in the box and Ronaldo got his second of the match from the resulting penalty with nine minutes left on the clock.
Minnows down Barca
Barcelona crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe and now trail Real Madrid by six points in the chase for La Liga title.
It was the first defeat of the season for the reigning Spanish and European champions as Getafe frustrated their illustrious visitors and grabbed the points thanks to a second half header from Juan Valera yesterday.Barca starting eleven, was denied by a fine reflex save from keeper Miguel Moya before half-time. Barca continued to press but Getafe surprisingly took the lead with practically their only effort on target in the whole game when Valera, left unmarked, headed in a corner after 67 minutes.
Valencia continued their attempts to demonstrate that there is no two-horse race in La Liga this season as their 2-1 victory away to Rayo Vallecano put them a point behind Barcelona.
They took the lead when Jonas had a speculative shot from distance that surprised Rayo goalkeeper David Cobeno.Valencia doubled their lead with an excellent team move was finished off by Tino Costa.
Raul Tamudo scored a late consolation for Rayo.
Not out of the title race yet: Guardiola
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insisted that his team are not yet out of the title race, despite falling six points adrift of Real Madrid in the wake of their shock defeat to Getafe on Saturday. “The league is not over. There is still a long way to go,” he said.
“We are competing against a great rival and you don’t get many opportunities to slip up, but we will recover from this.” The Catalans have two more league ties, at home to Rayo Vallecano and Levante, before travelling to Real Madrid for the first Clasico of the season. afp