Real Madrid beats Getafe to keep pressure on Barca, Atletico

 16 Apr 2016 - 18:59

Real Madrid beats Getafe to keep pressure on Barca, Atletico
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Real Madrid CF at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on April 16, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-1. AFP / GERARD JULIEN

BARCELONA, Spain: Karim Benzema ensured Real Madrid kept the pressure on the Spanish league's front-runners by scoring one goal and assisting on two more in a 5-1 win at bottom-side Getafe.

Benzema scored his 22nd goal of the competition in the 29th minute Saturday and worked a one-two passing combination to help Francisco "Isco" Alarcon make it 2-0 in the 40th.

Gareth Bale ran free to score Madrid's third after receiving Benzema's pass five minutes after halftime.

Pablo Sarabia got Getafe's consolation goal with six minutes left before James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off Madrid's win.

Madrid, which earlier this week advanced to a Champions League semifinal against Manchester City, provisionally passed Atletico Madrid into second place and moved to within one point of leader Barcelona.

AP