Getafe stun lacklustre Barca


FC Barcelona failed to draw level on points with Real Madrid in LaLiga after suffering a loss 1-0 to Getafe CF on Saturday evening.

Ansu Fati started on the bench and flying winger Ousmane Dembele made a return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with Sergio Dest given his first start since arriving from Ajax Amsterdam.

Barcelona looked for the opener in the first 20 minutes when captain Lionel Messi’s first-time shot cannoned off the post after a flowing move from the edge of the area.

The Catalans squandered another guilt-edge opportunity just after the midway stage when Antoine Griezmann blazed Pedri’s through ball over the top after racing clear from the right.

Getafe also pushed for the breakthrough from a free-kick late in the first half, but the delivery was unable to trouble the Catalan giants thus bringing the half to a halt.

Ronald Koeman’s charges were quickly out of the starting blocks in the second half, as a ball over the top from a promising position by Sergio Busquets nearly led in Messi.

Barcelona were given a set-back ten minutes from the break when Frenkie de Jong gave away a penalty for a foul on Marc Cucurella, giving Jaime Mata the honours who sent Neto the wrong way.

Koeman threw caution to the wind soon after falling behind with Fati and Philippe Coutinho introduced for Pedri and Dembele respectively.

Getafe weren’t done threatening as Cucho Hernandez skimmed the woodwork with a snap attempt, and fired over late on after going clear from the right.

The Catalans looked for a comeback in stoppage time with Messi dragging a loose ball wide and Djene Dakonam directing a cross onto the woodwork, as Barca suffered their first loss under Koeman.

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