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Real Madrid kept alive their hopes of winning a third consecutive Primera Liga title by twice coming from behind to defeat lowly Getafe 3-2 in injury-time.
Roberto Soldado put the visitors ahead in the tenth minute with a header into the top corner but Juande Ramos’ side equalised on the stroke of half-time via Gonzalo Higuain.
Juan Angel Albin then looked like he had won it for the visitors with a goal six minutes before the end but Guti equalised two minutes later.
The game then took another twist when Real’s Pepe was shown a red card a minute later for a foul on Francisco Casquero.
But Casquero failed to take advantage from the resulting spot-kick, with his effort saved by Iker Casillas.
Higuain then netted the winner deep into injury-time to seal a remarkable victory for Ramos’ side, who made it 17 games unbeaten in the league and cut Barcelona’s lead at the top to just three points.
In the top-flight’s other game, Athletic Bilbao won 2-1 at bottom side Numancia, with both teams ending the game with ten men. Numancia took the lead in the tenth minute through Cisma Domingo before Bilbao’s night got worse when Carrion Aitor Ocio received his marching orders for a second bookable offence on 20 minutes.
But the visitors battled back and Gaizka Toquero equalised on 30 minutes before Fernando Llorente got their second three minutes after the restart.
Their task was then made easier when Sergio Boris Gonzalez-Monteagudo was sent-off for Numancia for a second bookable offence in the 69th minute.
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