Deccan Chronicle

Real lose at Getafe, Barca beat Mallorca in La Liga


Madrid, Jan. 3: Carlo Ancelotti said Real Madrid were “still on holiday” in their shock 1-0 loss to Getafe on Sunday while Barcelona overcame their Covid chaos to sneak a tight victory away at Mallorca.

Madrid’s surprise defeat was their first in three months and gives fresh hope to the beleaguere­d chasing pack in Spain, after Eder Militao’s early error allowed Enes Unal to score the winner at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

“We were on holiday for an extra day. The team was not the same that played before Christmas — less commitment, less concentrat­ion,” said Ancelotti afterwards.

Barcelona were without eight first-team players who had tested positive for Covid last week while a further six were out through injury or suspension.

Xavi Hernandez said on Saturday it was “crazy” the game had to go ahead, with Jordi Alba, Ousmane Dembele and Gavi among those infected while Sergio Busquets was suspended and Pedri, Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay injured.

But a patched-up Barcelona team climbed to fifth, just a point behind Atletico Madrid, after

Luuk de Jong’s header proved the difference in a 1-0 win over Mallorca.

Atletico Madrid claimed fourth spot after beating the high-flying Rayo Vallecano 2-0 to leapfrog Rayo, with Angel Correa scoring both of Atletico’s goals.

Atletico and Barca are still 14 and 15 points behind Real Madrid respective­ly.

Madrid have taken command of the Spanish title race after a superb run of form that included 10 consecutiv­e wins and 15 matches without defeat, their last loss coming at Espanyol on October 3.

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