Real rejoin Barcelona, Atletico at topReuters . Madrid
Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 25 matches, rejoining Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on 60 points at the top of La Liga, after Jese, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.
Barcelona and Atletico recorded easy home wins on Saturday, the champions thrashing Rayo Vallecano 6-0 and Atletico thumping Real Valladolid 3-0 to leave the title race a tight three-way fight with 14 matches left.
Barca, chasing a fifth crown in six years, lead on goal difference from Real and Atletico. But the three teams, who have all played 24 games, will be separated by their head-to-head records if they are still tied at the end of the campaign.
Real have not lost since a 2-1 La Liga defeat at Barca at the end of October.
They were beaten 1-0 at home by Atletico in the league a month earlier while Barca and Atletico drew 0-0 in Madrid in January.
Athletic Bilbao are fourth on 44 points after losing 2-1 at home to Espanyol, the Basque club’s first league defeat at their new San Mames stadium.
Sevilla failed to kill off Valencia despite playing most of the second half at their Sanchez Pizjuan venue with an extra man after the dismissal of centre back Ricardo Costa.
A poor-quality match littered with yellow cards, and in which home midfielder Ivan Rakitic had a penalty saved by Diego Alves, ended 0-0 to leave the two teams tied on 32 points with Sevilla in seventh position and Valencia eighth.
Denis Cheryshev of Sevilla was also sent off in stoppage time.
Espanyol also have 32 points in ninth, five behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad who visit struggling Malaga on Monday.
Real Madrid were missing La Liga top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip to the city suburbs and it was Jese, the player brought in for the suspended Portugal forward, who opened the scoring at Getafe’s Coliseum stadium in the fifth minute.
France forward Benzema finished off a swift break with some neat control and a clinical shot in the 27th and Croatia midfielder Modric fired the third from just outside the penalty area in the 66th.
Granada 1 (Piti 31) Real Betis 0; Getafe 0 Real Madrid 3 (Jese 5, Benzema 27, Modric 66); Athletic Bilbao 1 (Gurpegi 56) Espanyol 2 (Sergio Garcia 6, Colotto 65); Sevilla 0 Valencia 0.
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