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Real edge Getafe in thriller

April 22, 2009 10:38 IST

Gonzalo Higuain's stunning injury-time strike secured a remarkable 3-2 comeback win for hosts Real Madrid in the Primera Liga on Tuesday.

The champions narrowed the gap on leaders Barcelona to just three points, with Pep Guardiola's side not playing at home to third-placed Sevilla until Wednesday.

Roberto Soldado had put Getafe ahead early on but Higuain grabbed an equaliser on the halftime whistle. An increasingly tetchy match then exploded into life at the end.

Substitute Juan Albin netted a second goal for the visitors in the 84th minute only for Guti to level almost immediately with a curling freekick.

Getafe's Francisco Casquero went down in the area with two minutes to go for a penalty, which saw Real defender Pepe sent off as he impetuously kicked his opponent on the ground.

But Iker Casillas saved Casquero's weak spot kick and, as the crowd roared Real on, Higuain lashed a shot high into the corner of the net to spark wild celebrations on the pitch.

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