LaLiga Santander Benzema’s scoring streak ends at five matches
Karim Benzema’s five-match scoring streak came to a halt as Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Thursday night at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in Getafe.
The French striker, who had scored Real’s last eight goals, was kept under wraps by a very solid Getafe defence that secured a key point in their chase to claim a Champions League spot.
While Real showed very little spark in attack, Brahim Diaz did display his individual skill with a number of flicks and tricks, however the finishing product was still lacking for Los Blancos on the day. The result also means that Real have to go all the way back to the 3-2 win over Huesca on March 31 to find the last time someone besides Benzema scored.
Sergio Reguilon, Fede Valverde and Brahim were the next three players to get a chance to impress manager Zinedine Zidane, getting the nod from the Frenchman in the starting XI. Gareth Bale and Isco also returned to the line-up, while Toni Kroos and Luka Modric were rested on the bench.
Outside of an early Benzema chance, it was slow going for Los Blancos. Zidane’s men were not having any success penetrate Getafe’s tight, compact lines in defence, and the only other chance came on a corner kick tat fell to Casemiro, whose shot was cleared off the line.
Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was equally untroubled, with a Mauro Arambarri free-kick being Getafe’s best scoring opportunity of the first 45 minutes.
There was a much better flow to start the second half, with the visitors on the front foot and Isco looked set to break the deadlock thanks to some slick combination play between Brahim and Dani Carvajal, but the shot was blocked by Bruno.
Still seeking the game’s first goal, Zidane went to his bench to make a double switch, as Brahim was replaced by Lucas Vazquez, while Bale ceded his spot to Marco Asensio.
But it was Navas who was needed to prevent Getafe from scoring, as the Costa Rican made a double-save on Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata to keep it goalless.
Kroos was then summoned as the third and final change, coming on for Fede Valverde to give more stability to the Real midfield, but it was Getafe who looked the more likely to pull down a winner in the late stages and Samu Saiz had the best crack at it, only to fire right at Navas.
Real will look to improve things on Sunday with another intra-city clash, this time at Rayo Vallecano.
0.- Getafe: David Soria; Damian, Bruno, Cabrera, Olivera (Angel, min. 57); Maksimovic, Arambarri, Ignasi Miquel, Hugo Duro (Portillo, min. 72); Mata (Samu Saiz, min. 84), Molina.
0.- Real Madrid: Keylor; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Reguilon; Casemiro, Valverde (Kroos, min. 78), Isco; Brahim (Lucas Vazquez, min. 71), Bale (Asensio, min. 71), Benzema.
Referee: De Burgos Bengoetxea (Basque). Yellow Cards: Isco (Min. 30) for Real Madrid, Damian Suarez (Min. 37) for Getafe, Fede Valverde (Min. 63) for Real Madrid, Nacho (Min. 82) for Real Madrid
Red cards: None
Stadium: Coliseum Alfonso Perez