BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a double and set up another goal for Real Madrid in a 4-1 comeback win over Getafe on Sunday in the Spanish league, as new teammate Gareth Bale couldn't make his home debut after injuring his leg before the match.
Bale was dropped from Madrid's starting lineup minutes before the match after the club's medical staff examined his left thigh during warm-ups at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The club said it was for "precaution" and that he would undergo tests Monday.
Things only got worse for Madrid's disappointed fans when Getafe forward Angel Lafita opened the scoring in the fifth minute.
But Pepe scored from a rebound in the 19th before Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 33rd, set up Francisco "Isco" Alarcon in the 59th, and added another goal in injury time after Getafe had been reduced to 10 men.
"Overall we played a good game. We were unlucky to start a goal behind, but I think our reaction was good," said Madrid's first-year Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. "Sometimes we play too far back in defense, but 'piano piano' we are improving."
Madrid remained undefeated through five rounds and is in third place in the standings, two points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Villarreal also stayed unbeaten in its return to Spain's top flight after drawing 0-0 at Celta Vigo.
The same lack of finishing touch condemned Real Betis to a 0-0 finish against visiting Granada, leaving both teams with one win.
Valencia enjoyed a much-needed 3-1 victory at home over Sevilla, breaking a four-game losing streak that included a 3-0 defeat to Swansea in the Europa League on Thursday.
Brazilian forward Jonas scored twice for Valencia, netting in the 32nd and then again in the 73rd after Kevin Gameiro had leveled for Sevilla in the 52nd. Substitute Victor Ruiz headed in Valencia's last goal in the 82nd and sparked the same Mestalla crowd that had protested after the Swansea loss into chants of "Yes! That's the way!"
Valencia president Amadeo Salva said after the match that new coach Miroslav Djukic will finish out the season "no matter what happens."
The result left Unai Emery's Sevilla winless and in last place.
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