Real slump to 2-1 defeat

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Real Madrid slumped to a 2-1 defeat at lowly Getafe as the 29-times Spanish champions fell 11 points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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Real Madrid slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Getafe as the 29-times Spanish champions fell 11 points behind league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona. The partisan crowd at the Alfonso Perez Coliseum in Madrid were in good voice for their team's clash against second placed Real Madrid. But it was the 'Galacticos' who were first to mount a challenge on goal - Raul's powerful shot forcoing a magnificent save from Sergio Aragoneses. Brief respite Apart from that brief spell of early domination, Real were then on the back foot against Getafe, who have mounted an impressive bid for survival this season despite their limited resources. Their fluent passing football in midfield subjected Real to intense pressure, pinning the visitors in their area around the half-hour. Raul Albiol opened the scoring for them six minutes before the break, after being on hand to make the most of a dreadful sliced clearance by Real's Spanish international Ivan Helguera. Albiol was booked for ripping his shirt off in delight at his first goal for Getafe after moving from Valencia last summer. Astonishing lead Vanderlei Luxemburgo's side appeared powerless to respond and Getafe doubled their lead three minutes after the break when Riki took the ball from a long range goal kick, beat the offside trap and curled a shot round Casillas and inside the near post for an astonishing 2-0 lead. Walter Samuel would have scored Madrid's first a few minutes later but for a stunning save from the Getafe keeper. As the minutes ticked by Madrtid become increasingly desperate. A long-range shot by Brazilian Roberto Carlos which took a difficult deflection off Raul was also kept out the net by the athletic Aragoneses. But for the most part they were being outplayed by the passionate Getafe squad. Argentinian Santiago Solari scored a consolation goal for Real with a stunning left foot shot a minute from the whistle but by then it was too late to save either the game or their championship hopes. Arch rivals Barcelona now lead the league with 65 points, followed by Madrid with 54 and Villarreal with 47. (AP)

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