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Getafe ends Real Madrid’s 11-match unbeaten run

Getafe’s Enes Unal’s first-half strike has ended Real Madrid’s unbeaten run, which had stretched to 15 games – and back to the start of October 2021 with Madrid missing the chance to open up an 11-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Enes Unal scored the only goal after just nine minutes when he robbed Eder Militao of possession inside Real Madrid’s penalty area.

Luka Modric went closest to an equaliser, striking the crossbar with a powerful drive.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have played two games more than closest challengers Sevilla, who face Cadiz on Monday.

Real dominated the first half but only forced one save from Getafe goalkeeper David Soria, who did magnificently to tip Modric’s long-range drive past the far post.

The Croatian midfielder also struck the woodwork with a thunderous left-footed shot from the edge of the Getafe penalty area, while Toni Kroos fired wide from a promising position.

Real increased the pressure in the second half and went close to salvaging a point through Casemiro, but the midfielder’s sweetly struck effort was palmed to safety by Soria.

Prior to this game, Getafe had failed to score in their previous six league meetings with Real, although they did hold them to a goalless draw in April last season.

Their most recent victory in this fixture came back in August 2012. Since then, Real have won 13 of the 15 meetings between the teams.

Madrid still retain a formidable lead at the top of La Liga, despite the defeat, but missed a chance to strengthen their grip on the title.

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