Kroos and Modric remain sidelined in Madrid training

Real Madrid 3 - Getafe 1: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale ease pressure off Zidane

But all three attackers start against Getafe, a calculated risk for Zidane just days before travelling to France for the club's Champions League decider against Paris Saint-Germain.

It took until the 24th minute for the reigning champions to have a chance of note, but it ended up in the back of the net as Bale swept home from close range after the ball had fallen kindly for the Welshman off the back of Isco.

Real Madrid continued to press and were rewarded with a second goal just before half-time.

Bale was making his 117th appearance in La Liga, a record for a British player.

Despite the fallen title hopes and enduring a wretched spell, Real Madrid have secured a decent victory against Getafe in a La Liga fixture last night.

The evening got even worse for Getafe soon after the break when Remy was sent off.

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Two minutes into the second half, Getafe were reduced to10 men when former Chelsea striker Loic Remy was sent off after picking up his second yellow card. Substitute Jorge Molina got ahead of Nacho and into the Real Madrid penalty area, before going down under a sliding challenge from the defender.

Getafe's lone goal was a 65th-minute penalty kick converted by Francisco Portillo.

Ronaldo restored Real's two-goal cushion in the 77th minute as the Portuguese forward rose well to head home Marcelo's cross at the near post.

Martinez produced a fine point-blank save from Ronaldo, but could do little to prevent the Portugal forward nodding in a cross from Marcello with 12 minutes left. "But Marcelo came into the play today, did very well".

In a boost for Zidane Marcelo, who has been one of Real's better performers in 2018, returned to the pitch on Thursday after recovering from his recent injury and the Brazilian could be in line for a return to the squad for the match in the Bernabéu.

"It was important to win before a match like we have on Tuesday", Zidane said.

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