Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to take his goal tally to 19 as Real Madrid survived late pressure to win 3-2 at their city rivals Getafe and trim the gap to Barcelona, the league leaders, to two points.The champions Barça had stretched their lead to five points with Sunday’s 2-1 home win over promoted Levante before Ronaldo scored in each half either side of a Mesut Ozil strike to keep Real on their tail.

José Mourinho gave the midfielder Kaka a run in the final 15 minutes – the Brazil playmaker’s first appearance this season following post-World Cup knee surgery.

“I went through some very difficult moments but at last I think it’s over,” said Kaka, who cost Real £56m from Milan. “I didn’t know when I would return or if I would return and I am very happy. I felt really good.”

Mourinho was delighted at Kaka’s return. “Obviously he’s not yet at peak fitness but it’s fantastic news for Real Madrid and I think also for the Spanish league and the world of football. He is a super player and he hasn’t been able to show that yet in Spain.”

Real have 44 points from 17 matches behind Barcelona on 46 while Villarreal stay third on 36 after they beat Almería 2-0.

Mourinho’s side took the lead in the 11th minute at the Coliseum after Angel di María was brought down in the penalty area and Ronaldo blasted the spot-kick past Jordi Codina.

Di María played Ozil through for Real’s second goal in the 19th minute before Dani Parejo left Alvaro Arbeloa and Lassana Diarra in his wake and lashed a shot past Iker Casillas to pull back a goal for Getafe after 29 minutes.

Ronaldo looked to have made the game safe 12 minutes into the second half with a smart finish from Karim Benzema’s pass, which put him two goals clear of Barça’s Lionel Messi in the La Liga scoring chart.

The dismissal of the Spain defender Arbeloa in the 82nd minute for a second yellow card lifted the home side and the substitute Juan Albin hammered home a loose ball with five minutes to go to give Getafe hope. But they were unable to find the equaliser.

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