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Real Madrid wins to pull within five points of leaders Atleti

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MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: Ferland Mendy of Real Madrid celebrates with Sergio Arribas, Marco Asensio and Marcelo after scoring their team’s second goal during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and Getafe CF at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on February 09, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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Real Madrid kept its slim title hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Getafe on Wednesday, pulling within five points of La Liga’s top spot.

Yes, cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid have two matches in hand on Real, but that won’t stop Zinedine Zidane’s men from dreaming of a proper title defense.

The win pulls Real three points clear of Clasico rivals Barcelona, who have played one fewer match than the reigning champs but lost their head-to-head match-up earlier this season. Barca beat Real Betis 3-2 on Tuesday.

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Karim Benzema scored off a Vinicius Jr. assist in the 60th minute and it was 2-0 a half-dozen minutes later when Marcelo cued up a goal from fellow fullback Ferland Mendy.

Atleti is off to Granada on Saturday, when Barca will host Alaves before Real hosts Valencia on Sunday.

Do you think either Real or Barca has a decent chance of catching Atleti, who won at home to Barcelona but fell to Real in its only loss of the 2020-21 La Liga season?

The second Madrid derby is March 7 at the Wanda Metropolitano, while Atleti won’t meet Barca again until May 9.

Either way, there is serious speed on display on Marcelo to Mendy goal.

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