Real Madrid 3-1 Getafe

Ronaldo took his tally to 301 goals in La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid returned to winning ways in La Liga by beating 10-man Getafe.

Zinedine Zidane’s side suffered a shock defeat by Espanyol on Tuesday, but Gareth Bale stroked in the opener from inside the area against Getafe.

Ronaldo’s first, a low, drilled finish, was his 300th La Liga goal, before heading in his second on 78 minutes.

Loic Remy was dismissed for two bookable offences for Getafe, with Francisco Portillo netting a penalty.

The spot-kick was awarded for Nacho’s foul in the box on Jorge Molina, although it looked like a clean challenge from the Real Madrid defender.

The result leaves champions Real in third place, closing the gap on Barcelona to 12 points.

The unbeaten leaders face second-placed Atletico Madrid in a crucial match on Sunday (kick-off 15:15 GMT), with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Real could have added more to their tally and although they missed a number of chances, it did not end up costing them.

Full-back Dani Carvajal drilled a low shot narrowly wide in the first half, while Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for a push. The Portuguese also had an effort from close range brilliantly saved by Emiliano Martinez.

Welshman Bale, who is reported to be leaving