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Lowest ever Santiago Bernabeu crowd since 2009 for Getafe win

Lowest ever Santiago Bernabeu crowd since 2009 for Getafe win

Real Madrid suffered their lowest attendance since 2009 at the weekend after they beat Getafe 2-0.

Just 48,446 fans turned up for the win over city rivals Getafe, making it their lowest attendance in just under ten years.

Similar happened to Barcelona on Saturday evening as they saw 47,000 fans turn up for their win over Alaves.

Both games have been heavily criticised for their late kick-offs of 10.15pm, meaning the games did not finish until after midnight.

The reasoning for those times at present in La Liga is down to the souring temperatures, meaning night matches are played during a cooler period.

Laboured win over Getafe

Julen Lopetegui got off to an ideal start by seeing off Getafe in a Madrid derby.

Lopetegui opted to leave out summer signing Thibaut Courtois with Keylor Navas given the nod in goal, whilst Raphael Varane, Luka Modric and Casemiro also sat out as they regain fitness after the World Cup and with a knock for the Brazilian.

It was a hardfought affair with Getafe sticking to their style of battling hard and not allowing Real Madrid a moment to breathe, though it was Dani Carvajal who escaped attentions long enough to score his team’s first goal.

Marcelo’s cross had previously sent a warning shot as Gareth Bale broke free to rock the woodwork with a diving header before Bale turned provider, with David Soria punching his cross into the path of Carvajal’s header looping into the back of the net.

Real Madrid then wanted a penalty for a foul on Sergio Ramos but it was ruled out for offside, but it didn’t stop Los Blancos as they gained confidence.

Bale then did get his goal in the second half, with a helping hand, albeit a weak one, from Soria, as his back post volley slipped through his grasp and into the back of the net.

Marco Asensio went close too, hitting the post with a rasping effort from 20 yards out as Real Madrid enjoyed a comfortable win in the end to start their campaign.