― Reuters picMADRID, March 4 ― La Liga champions Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-1 yesterday with a goal from Gareth Bale and two strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo to go 12 points behind leaders Barcelona and warm up for next week's Champions League game at Paris St Germain.
Madrid were always in control at the Bernabeu and took the lead on 24 minutes when Gareth Bale slammed home after a loose ball fell to him inside the penalty area, on the night when the Wales worldwide made his British record 117th La Liga appearance.
Ronaldo did have his second in the 78th minute, however, when he headed a brilliant Marcelo cross into the back of the net before leaving the field shortly after as he was given a short rest ahead of the PSG clash.
Madrid midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were again absent from training on Friday due to a knee and hamstring injury respectively, increasing concerns they will not be fit for the second leg in the French capital. They are important players but we have to look to Tuesday's game. We'll see if they train with the ball [on Sunday].
"They still haven't trained with us, we'll have to see if they do tomorrow", Zidane said. "We will all travel one way or the other, then you will see the team on Tuesday", he said.
"We will have three days of good mood in the squad". "But Marcelo came into the play today, did very well".
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"But my choice was made and I would have been frustrated at the end of my career not to try to play overseas".
The Portugal star, who has now scored 14 goals in his last eight appearances, was replaced late on and looked to be holding an ice pack over his calf as he sat on the bench.
"Cristiano will be there", he said.
"We don't think it will be any easier without Neymar, we know that in Paris we'll have to be at 2000 percent if we want to go through". It was important to be good and serious so we're ready for Tuesday.
"We're used to hard atmospheres".