Luis Garcia's three-year reign in charge of La Liga side Getafe came to an end on Monday as he was sacked with former player Cosmin Contra set to take over.

The Madrid side haven't won in the league for 12 games stretching back to November leaving them just on point above the relegation zone in 15th place. The final straw for the club's board came on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 away to bottom club Real Betis.

"It is a sad day. From the bottom of my heart I hope that Getafe continue for another year in La Liga as they are now," Garcia told a press conference.

"In my 113 games in charge we have fulfilled our objectives apart from in the last 12. The first two years were good. In the Cup we have eliminated bigger teams and there have been great moments like when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"This bad run has been the worst moment."

The club also announced that 38-year-old Romanian Contra, who played for the club between 2005 and 2010, will take 

charge for the final 11 games of the season and a further two seasons thereafter.

Contra's only previous top-flight managerial experience has come in his homeland with Petrolul Ploiesti.

Real Madrid made light of the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo with a 3-0 win away at Getafe to move level with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. It took the visitors just five minutes to make the breakthrough as Jese Rodriguez curled home his fifth goal in six games from Gareth Bale's pass.

Karim Benzema doubled Madrid's advantage as he finished off Angel di Maria's fine cross before the break and Luka Modric rounded off the scoring with an effort from outside the box midway through the second-half. All three sides at the top are now tied on 60 points with 14 games still to play. Ronaldo's three-match suspension after being sent-off against Athletic Bilbao earlier this month has allowed Jese to get a continued run in the side and the Spaniard continued to make his case for a place in Vicente del Bosque's World Cup squad with a precise finish into the far corner.

Despite being involved in the build-up to the goal, Bale didn't enjoy his best afternoon as he slotted a wonderful chance wide after great work from Benzema and was shown a yellow card in the first-half. Carlo Ancelotti's men were well in control, though, and made the game safe with a flowing counter-attack that ended with Di Maria's cross being swept home by Benzema.

Getafe started the second period the stronger as Madrid constantly gave the ball away cheaply, however the hosts couldn't take advantage of a number of half chances and were punished when Modric added to Real's lead 24 minutes from time. The Croatian midfielder has been his side's most consistent performer since the start of the year, but hadn't scored in La Liga this season until his low strike from 25 yards sneaked past Miguel Angel Moya.

Defeat leaves Getafe still fighting for their lives as they remain without a league win since November and just four points above the relegation zone.


Getafe coach, Luis Garcia revealed at today's press conference that defender, Alexis Ruano, had to leave the field during his team's Copa del Rey match against FC Barcelona (0-2) due to testicular inflammation.

The Spanish coach provided details of his player's injury in response to questions from the media, providing an account of the ailment which he said he had never seen before during his time in soccer.

"One of Alexis's testicles was like this" he said, holding up his hands to show a handball-sized ball. "He has broken some veins. It's nothing serious. The swelling has already gone down, he should be fine for Sunday. I was shocked when I went into the dressing room, but it's not serious. I'd never seen anything like it", he admitted.

Alexis is doubtful for Sunday's 12pm Getafe game against Real Sociedad at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium - its twentieth BBVA Liga fixture tie.


Lionel Messi scored twice, including one brilliant individual effort, in his first start of the year as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 in the second-leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie to progress 6-0 on aggregate. However, it was far from a perfect evening for the Catalans as Neymar had to be carried from the field after suffering a nasty looking right ankle sprain midway through the first-half.

With Barcelona already leading 4-0 from the first-leg, thanks in part to two goals from Messi on his first appearance as a substitute after two months out, Barca boss Gerardo Martino made nine changes to the side that started Saturday's La Liga 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid. Neymar was also making his first start of the year after recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis.

However, his return lasted only 23 minutes as he had to be helped off the field by two members of the Barca medical staff as he turned his ankle in attempting to cross the ball from the left side of the area. The visitors shrugged off the loss of the Brazilian, though, as Cristian Tello's driven cross was turned in at the near post by Messi two minutes before half-time.

And the best was still to come from the diminutive Argentine as he danced past three Getafe challenges before rounding goalkeeper Jordi Codina and finishing from a tight angle for his fourth goal of the tie just after the hour mark. Martino then took the opportunity to hand Xavi Hernandez his 700th appearance for the club as he replaced Cesc Fabregas with 20 minutes remaining.

Messi should have rounded off his evening with a hat-trick on 85 minutes as he was played in with just Codina to beat, but the keeper made a fine save with his right leg to turn the ball behind for a corner.


Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar suffered a sprained right ankle which forced his substitution just 22 minutes into the Catalans' Copa del Rey, last 16 second-leg match at Getafe on Thursday.

"Neymar sprained the peroneal tendon in his right ankle. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow," said a statement on the club's official Twitter account.

The 21-year-old collapsed to the ground in pain after falling awkwardly as he tried to attempt a cross on the left side of the penalty box.

Alexis Sanchez replaced Neymar, but it was Lionel Messi, on his first start since returning from a hamstring injury, who opened the scoring just before half-time to put Barca 5-0 up on aggregate after their 4-0 win at the Camp Nou in the first-leg last week.


Lionel Messi scored twice on his first appearance in 59 days as Barcelona edged towards the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-0 win over Getafe in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

The four-time World Player of the Year replaced Andres Iniesta after 63 minutes with Barcelona leading 2-0 thanks to a Cesc Fabregas double.

Messi put the tie to bed a minute from time when he slotted home a loose ball inside the area. He added his 16th goal of the season with a stunning run and finish to round off the scoring in stoppage time.

With Messi having been out of action since tearing his hamstring in the 4-1 win over Real Betis in early November he was left on the bench by Barca boss Gerardo Martino. The Argentine coach also had Saturday's upcoming top of the table clash away to Atletico Madrid in mind as he made had made six changes to the side that started last weekend's 4-0 win over Elche.

However, with Messi and Neymar, ruled out by a stomach bug, again not in the starting line-up, Martino maintained the front three of Alexis Sanchez, Pedro Rodriguez and Fabregas.

Martino's selection proved inspired as Pedro's lobbed cross was expertly headed into the far corner by Fabregas after just eight minutes.

However, Getafe then managed to stifle Barca from creating too many clear-cut chances before the break and indeed the hosts were grateful to a great save from Jose Manuel Pinto to turn away Juan Rodriguez's header to go in ahead at half-time.

Barca did finally have the breathing space they craved when Juan Valera upended Pedro inside the area and Fabregas blasted the resulting penalty into the top corner.

That set the scene for Messi's arrival and he didn't disappoint as he calmly slotted home a loose ball inside the area with his trusted left-foot after Martin Montoya had burst into the Getafe box.

The best was still to come, though, as Messi embarked on a trademark run through the Getafe defense before slamming high past Jordi Codina to leave next week's second leg in Madrid a formality.


Barcelona ensured they will finish 2013 on top of La Liga as a Pedro Rodriguez hat-trick helped them come from 2-0 down to win 5-2 at Getafe on Sunday. 

The hosts had got off to a flying start as goals from Sergio Escudero and Lisandro Lopez put them 2-0 up inside 14 minutes. However, the Catalans responded like champions as Pedro scored three times in eight minutes before the break.

Cesc Fabregas gave Barca breathing space when he volleyed home Pedro's cross 22 minutes from time and the former Arsenal captain doubled his tally from the penalty spot moments later. Barca's comeback means they edge ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference at the top of the table, whilst Real Madrid can cut the gap on the top two to five points with a win at Valencia later on Sunday. 

Without the suspended Neymar and injured Lionel Messi, the spotlight was on the Catalans' fringe players in attack to make their claim for a regular starting spot. However, it was the visitors' defense that was shredded early on as Escudero played a wonderful one-two with Angel Lafita before firing home from close range. 

Four minutes later Lisandro rose highest to power home Pedro Leon's corner. Getafe could have even been further ahead had Ciprian Marica chosen the right option and passed to a teammate when the Barca defense was outnumbered moments later.

Instead the Barca revival began 10 minutes before half-time when Fabregas released Pedro in behind the defense and his chipped finish had just enough elevation to take it past Miguel Angel Moya. Pedro then curled home into the top corner from the edge of the area and pounced on a defensive error by Juan Valera to give his side the lead at half-time.

Diego Castro should have restored parity for Getafe when he curled inches wide of the far post after turning Gerard Pique inside the area on the hour mark. And that miss was to prove crucial as Barca killed off the contest with a wonderful team move eight minutes later that culminated with Fabregas volleying home Pedro's cross at the back post. 

Pedro could have had his fourth seconds later as his attempted lob of Moya drifted just over, but he was also involved in Barca's fifth as was clipped inside the area by Borja Fernandez and Fabregas sent Moya the wrong way from the resultant spot-kick.