Real Madrid close in on title after edging Getafe

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their first goal against Getafe at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid July 3, 2020. — Reuters pic
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their first goal against Getafe at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid July 3, 2020. — Reuters pic

MADRID, July 3 — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive La Liga victory, taking his side four points clear of Barcelona in the title race.

Ramos coolly passed the ball into the net to finally break the deadlock in the 79th minute after Dani Carvajal was felled by the trailing leg of Getafe's Mathias Olivera, who was denied a penalty earlier on after being knocked over by Carvajal.

The late strike felt harsh on Getafe, who had squandered a couple of chances to take the lead, but Zinedine Zidane's side once again saw out a difficult game to capitalise on Barca's 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Real, who have not won the title since 2017, lead the table on 74 points ahead of second-placed Barca with five games left. — Reuters

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