Getafe end Real Madrid's 15-game unbeaten streak

AP , Sunday 2 Jan 2022

Getafe ended Real Madrid's 15-game unbeaten streak after beating the Spanish league leaders 1-0 in the capital derby on Sunday.

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Getafe s Turkish forward Enes Unal (R) celebrates after scoring his team s first goal during the Spanish league football match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF, at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on January 2, 2022 (AFP)

Striker Enes Unal took the host's winner in the ninth minute after he stole the ball from Madrid defender Eder Militao near the goal and beat Thibaut Courtois.

Madrid went no closer to an equalizer than Luka Modric's strike that hit the crossbar in the 17th. Eden Hazard and Marcelo came on as half-time substitutions but could not spark a comeback.

Madrid's previous loss came on Oct. 3 when it fell 2-1 at Espanyol. Since then, it had won 13 and drawn two across all competitions.

Second-place Sevilla visits Cadiz on Monday nine points behind Madrid.

Courtois started the match after it was determined that his positive COVID-19 result from earlier this week was erroneous. Madrid was without in-form winger Vinicius Junior after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

The match was the first to be played since Spanish health authorities put back in place caps on attendance after the steep rise in COVID-19 infections. All games are limited to 75% of capacity, with some regions like Catalonia and the Basque Country applying even lower limits.

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