Four days after their elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Juventus FC, Real Madrid CF’s Primera División title bid could also be over after Getafe CF's on-loan striker Riki volleyed the winner in a 2-1 triumph against his employers.
A fired-up Getafe side made life difficult for Madrid in their first-ever meeting at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, and they took a deserved lead in the 36th minute when Iván Helguera's scooped clearance fell straight into the path of Raúl Albiol, who smashed a low volley into the back of the net. Getafe doubled their advantage at the start of the second half when Riki was allowed to rifle low past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
A shocked Madrid could do little to redress the balance after the second goal and despite substitute Santiago Solari hitting a stunning 90th-minute volley the capital club now trail league leaders FC Barcelona by eleven points with just ten games remaining.
Villarreal CF gained an impressive 4-1 victory against RCD Espanyol to leapfrog their opponents into third place. The Catalan side enjoyed the majority of possession but it was the home side who took the lead when Diego Forlán scored after 25 minutes - his 12th goal in his last 13 league games.
Alberto Lopo soon equalised for the visitors but three minutes after the restart Villarreal were back in front when Juan Pablo Sorín flicked a header over Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kaméni. Juan Román Riquelme then converted a 56th-minute penalty and Luciano Figueroa wrapped up the win with eight minutes of normal time remaining.
Elsewhere, a header from Real Zaragoza’s Gabriel Milito in the 32nd minute proved enough to clinch victory away at sixth-placed Sevilla FC. Club Atlético de Madrid are now within a point of Valencia CF in seventh after defeating them 1-0 in the capital thanks to Fernando Torres’s powerful header on 12 minutes. RC Deportivo La Coruña stay level-pegging with Atlético after defeating Albacete Balompié 1-0 with Fabricio Coloccini opening his account for the Galician outfit.
At the foot of the table, Real Racing Club Santander defeated RCD Mallorca 3-0, Real Sociedad de Fútbol ran out 2-1 winners against CD Numancia and Levante UD climbed to 13th with an emphatic 4-0 victory against CA Osasuna.
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