Higuain sets sights on local derby

BY foxsports • March 26, 2010

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain was quick to turn his attention to this weekend's derby with Atletico after helping his side return to the top of the table with victory over neighbours Getafe.

Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo both notched braces as Madrid downed Getafe 4-2 to record their 10th successive win in La Liga and leapfrog back over Barcelona at the summit.

Madrid have little time to celebrate the victory though as they are back in action on Sunday when they play their second derby in four days, with Atletico the visitors to the Bernabeu.

"Now what's important is to win on Sunday. We need to continue along this line and play like we've been doing," said Higuain, who was making his 100th league appearance for Madrid tonight.

The Argentinian's brace also saw him equal his total of 22 league goals from last season which means he is now only three behind Barca playmaker Lionel Messi at the top of the Primera Division scoring charts.

"I'm always happy to score goals, and if these goals serve to help the team, then so much the better," Higuain added.

Madrid had found life very difficult in their previous visits to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, picking up just four points from a possible 15, but they stunned Getafe with a breathtaking start tonight.

All four of Madrid's goals were scored in the opening 37 minutes while Esteban Granero, Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo went close to adding to the scoreline in that time.

Getafe managed to pull a goal back through Dani Parejo in the 38th minute and another in the 79th minute thanks to Pedro Leon, but Madrid had already done enough to take the points.

Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini said: "We picked up a good result at a ground that has not been good for us in the past and this has allowed us to remain as leaders.

"After the break we lowered the intensity due to the derby (against Atletico) and to avoid cards."

Pellegrini also criticised former Madrid man Parejo for playing on after Iker Casillas picked up an ankle injury in the lead-up to Getafe's first goal.

Casillas chased the ball outside his area after failing to grab Jaime Gavilan's cross, and Parejo slid in to fairly rob the Spain goalkeeper of possession.

The ball was picked up by Leon, who fed Parejo on the edge of the area and he fired into an unguarded net.

Casillas was furious Getafe carried on after he was injured in Parejo's challenge, and Pellegrini felt the 20-year-old Getafe playmaker should not have played on.

"I don't think any Getafe player will be proud of this action. I hope that my team won't do likewise in the same situation," Pellegrini added in AS.

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