Five-star Real Madrid destroy hapless Getafe
Real Madrid boosted their hopes of catching Primera Division leaders Barcelona by thrashing struggling Getafe 5-1 with goals from Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo .
Benzema put Madrid in charge just before the half hour and then laid on the pass for Isco to increase the advantage before half-time.
Bale netted a milestone 16th league goal of the season five minutes after the break, surpassing his previous best goals tally in the league from 2013-14. James and Ronaldo further punished Getafe in the final minutes after Pablo Sarabia had pulled one back for the hosts.
Hapless Getafe sank to the bottom of the table after the defeat, the first game in charge for new coach Juan Esnaider, who replaced sacked Fran Escriba last week, while Madrid collected a seventh straight league win.