head and the Welsh worldwide delivered a shot on target - though it was also straight into the hands of Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez.
Last year Bale overtook former Barcelona forward Gary Lineker as the British forward with the most goals in La Liga and he has now surpassed the number of games former England captain Beckham played for Real between 2003 and 2007.
But Martinez was helpless on the stroke of half-time - Ronaldo collecting Benzema's intricate pass and slamming home left-footed after skilfully evading a couple of challenges. Hence it is predicted that Real Madrid will win this game against Getafe.
After being sent off and suspended for five games after pushing the referee during Real's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on August 13, Ronaldo missed the opening four league games of the season.
The referee was quick to point to the spot, but replays showed it had actually been a fine saving tackle, just touching the ball first. The striker caught Nacho round the neck with an outstretched arm and was given a second yellow card.
It was the away side that had the game's first attempt in the 19th minute, but Angel - having broken into the Real Madrid box - could only fire into the body of the home side's goalkeeper Keylor Navas. "But Marcelo came into the play today, did very well".
Real have Marcelo available after he recovered from a hamstring injury while Jesus Vallejo also returns after overcoming an injury he picked up in January against Leganes.
- Real Madrid have won their last nine games in La Liga against Getafe; their best ever run against them.