Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard makes debut at 16 in hammering of Getafe

The midfielder Martin Odegaard became Real Madrid’s youngest La Liga debutant when he came on as a substitute in the 58th minute of Saturday’s final game of the season, at home to Getafe.

Odegaard, who is 16 years, five months and six days old and joined from the Norwegian top-flight side Strømsgodset in January, replaced the league’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabéu as Real brought to an end a disappointing season, in which they failed to win a major trophy.

Ronaldo scored three goals, taking his tally for the campaign to 48, in a 7-3 victory for the home side against their city neighbours as Real finished second in La Liga, two points behind the new champions, Barcelona. Real’s other goalscorers were Javier Hernández, James Rodríguez, Jesé and Marcelo. Sergio Escudero, Diego Castro and Mehdi Lacen scored for Getafe.

Odegaard made his Strømsgodset debut at the age of 15 and became Norway’s youngest international when he started against United Arab Emirates aged 15 years and 253 days in August, breaking a record that had stood for more than a century.

Real Madrid
7
Home team scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo 13
Cristiano Ronaldo 32
Cristiano Ronaldo 34
Javier Hernandez 47
James Rodriguez 51
Rodriguez Jese 71
Junior Marcelo 90

Getafe
3
Away team scorers
Sergio Escudero 23
Gimenez Diego Castro 26
Mehdi Lacen 42

By Pascal

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