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Bale Misses Home Debut as Real Beats Getafe; Roma Wins Derby

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale
A member of the Real Madrid backroom staff examines the thigh of Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, right, moments before the start of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe at Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sept. 22, 2013. Photographer: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid lost Gareth Bale to an injury in the warm-up before beating Getafe 4-1 to move two points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Spanish soccer’s La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, including a penalty kick for his 150th league goal for Real, and Pepe and Isco also got goals at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium yesterday. Getafe’s Michel was red-carded just before the end.

Real said Bale felt discomfort in his left thigh and as a precaution was pulled from what would have been his home debut since joining Real for a reported world-record 100 million euros ($135 million) from Tottenham Hotspur. The Welsh winger will have tests on his thigh today, the club added on its website.

Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez scored three goals as his team maintained its perfect start to the season with a 4-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano two days ago. Atletico Madrid also has five wins from five games after a 2-0 victory at Real Valladolid.

Barcelona and Atletico have 15 points. Real Madrid has 13 and Villarreal 11 after a 0-0 draw at Celta Vigo.

Roma extended its 100 percent record in Italy’s Serie A by beating Lazio 2-0 in the Rome derby with a goal by Federico Balzaretti and an injury-time penalty by Adem Ljajic. Napoli also made it four wins from as many matches last night by winning at AC Milan for the first time since 1986. Miguel Britos and Gonzalo Higuain got the goals in Napoli’s 2-1 victory.

Third-place Inter Milan routed Sassuolo 7-0, Fiorentina won 2-0 at Atalanta, and Juventus had a 2-1 victory against Verona. Roma and Napoli lead with 12 points, with Inter, Juventus and Fiorentina two points back.

Dortmund Drops Points

In Germany’s Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund dropped points for the first time with a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg two days ago. Bayern Munich won 4-0 at Schalke to join leader Dortmund on 16 points. Bayer Leverkusen is third with 15 points after a 4-1 victory at Mainz.

Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain and leader Monaco drew 1-1 in France’s Ligue 1 last night. Radamel Falcao’s 20th-minute goal tied Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s early strike to maintain Monaco’s two-point lead over PSG and Saint-Etienne, which lost 2-1 at home against Toulouse on Sept. 20.

In the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven moved atop the standings after it beat defending champion Ajax yesterday and previous leader PEC Zwolle lost 3-0 at Vitesse Arnhem. PSV has 15 points, two ahead of Zwolle.

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