Real Madrid began the new year with a defeat on the road whereas Atletico and Barcelona started off with three points.
Los Blancos were left frustrated to break the deadlock while visiting Getafe's home turf last weekend. They conceded early as Enes Unal took advantage of their defensive blunder but were unable to find the equaliser throughout the game. The home side was deploying a 5-3-2 formation which left limited space to shoot on target. Not to mention the amazing form of Getafe's goalkeeper, David Soria. Several attempts from Casemiro, Benzema and Luka Modric who had two decent chances at the first half only hit the goal frame and were denied by their opposition's solid defence. This defeat might not cost their position on the top but their closest contender, Sevilla, could reduce the margin to only five points with one game in hand.
Getafe vs Real Madrid 1-0
Goals: Enes Unal (9)
Getafe: David Soria – Mitrovic, Isaac Cuenca, Mathias Olivera, Erick Cabaco (Allan Nyom 83), Damian Suarez - Carles Alena (Florentino 74), Matheiu Arambarri, Maksimovic – Sandro Martinez (Jaime Mata 63), Enes Unal (Jakub Jankto 83)
Real Madrid : Thibault Cortois – Ferland Mendy (Marcelo 46), David Alaba, Eder Militao, Lucas Vazquez (Peter 85)– Toni Kroos (Isco 85), Luka Modric, Casemiro – Karim Benzema, Rodrygo (Mariano Diaz 67), Marco Asensio (Eden Hazard 46)
Meanwhile, Los Rojiblancos secured an important win after thumping the dark horse Rayo Vallecano 2-0 at home. Angel Correa's brace helped them return to the top four in the standings. The Argentine forward was the scoring solution upfront when Antoine Griezmann was sidelined and the Uruguayan star Luis Suarez seemed to be slowly losing his deadly finish.
Last but not least, Barcelona climbed up to fifth on the table after snatching maximum three points while taking on Mallorca. A single goal from the unwanted forward Luuk de Jong was enough to seal a necessary win in their domestic campaign this season. The former Sevilla man had an opportunity to add his tally but his two other attempts only hit the crossbar.
Real Betis vs Celta Vigo 0-2
Valencia vs Espanyol 1-2
Elche vs Granada 0-0
Alavés vs Real Sociedad 1-1
Osasuna vs Athletic Bilbao 1-2
Cadiz vs Sevilla 0-1
Villareal vs Levante 5-0