Real Madrid moved back level on points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga with a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Getafe at the Colisuem Alfonso Perez.

The result was all-but settled before the half-hour mark when Karim Benzema added to Jese Rodriguez’s early goal. Luka Modric then added some extra sheen to the score-line with a long-range effort midway through the second half. The victory made it 21 wins and four draws form their last 25 matches for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as they continue their rich vein of form. With plenty of options going forward, Madrid are also now increasingly hard to break down defensively, having conceded just three goals since the turn of the year.

Certainly a Getafe outfit that have yet to record a win in 2014 posed few problems and, indeed, only had one shot on target in the 90 minutes. In contrast, Madrid were already in front five minutes in. After Getafe lost the ball in midfield, Gareth Bale found Jese to his left and the in-form youngster showed some good footwork to keep a defender at bay and open up space for a shot which he placed perfectly into the far corner. It meant the 20-year-old has now scored in five of his last six appearances for Madrid.

In the 27th minute Madrid’s lead was doubled, with another Madrid forwards who has been among the goals of late adding to his impressive tally. Angel di Maria deserves much of the credit for a wonderful cross to the far post for Benzema, who chested the ball down and drilled a shot past Miguel Angel Moya for his 18th goal of the season.

Bale missed a glorious chance to make it 3-0 before half-time when he followed up Benzema’s strong run and pass with a woeful shot wide of the near post with only the goalkeeper to beat. Still, it was never going to prove costly and Modric sealed the win with a 25 yard strike that bounced in front of Moya before finding the back of the net.