Barcelona 2-1 Getafe: Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto on goal while Catalans go to a higher level with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga
- Getafe saw Allan Nyom’s early goal not being allowed after a VAR assessment
- Barcelona reacted via Antoine Griezmann’s opener at 33 minutes
- Sergi Roberto made it 2-0 six minutes later when Barca took control of the game
- Getafe withdrew a goal via Angel Rodriguez, but could not find the equalizer
Goals from the first half of Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto were enough to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over Getafe at the Nou Camp.
Getafe thought they had taken the lead when Allan Nyom shot home after 23 minutes, but the right back saw his goal rejected after a VAR assessment.
Barca made the most of their happy escape, with Griezmann opening the score 33 minutes after opening the home front after Lionel Messi’s brilliant passing ball.
Sergi Roberto made it 2-0 six minutes later and although Getafe retrieved a goal via the 66th minute attack by Angel Rodriguez, they were unable to force an equalizer.
Antoine Griezmann led Barcelona after an excellent assist from Lionel Messi
Sergi Roberto doubled Barca’s lead in 39 minutes when the Catalans took control of the game
Getafe withdrew a goal via Angel Rodriguez in 66 minutes, but was unable to force the equalizer
Getafe was this surprise package this season and left against a spot behind their opponents on Saturday after a series of four consecutive wins.
The visitors thought they had opened the score halfway through the opening period when Allan Nyom followed up the saved header from Jorge Molina to score past Ter Stegen.
But after a VAR assessment, the strike was aborted after Nyom was judged to have contaminated Samuel Umtiti in the attack.
Match facts and player ratings
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alba (Firpo 22), Umtiti, Pique, Roberto; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur (Rakitic 75); Fati (Vidal), Messi, Griezmann
Unused subs: Neto, Araujo, Semedo, Vidal, Manaj
Getafe: Soria, Olivera (Kenedy 52), Etxeita, Djene, Nyom; Etebo, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Mata, Molina (Rodriguez 52)
Unused subs: Chichizola, Cabaco, Timor, Deyverson, N’diaye
With 12 minutes left until the interval, Griezmann put the home team ahead.
Lionel Messi’s perfect pass found that the former striker of Atletico Madrid, who made no mistake with his finish and cut the ball over Getafe keeper David Soria, scored for the first time in the competition since he won a 4-1 victory on December 21 on Alaves. .
Barcelona seemed to have everything but killed the game after 39 minutes when Roberto scored only the second league goal of his career.
Roberto, whose only other competition strike for Barca came in a 2-0 home win against Real Betis in August 2017, repented after the junction of Junior Firpo.
It marked Barcelona’s eighth goal in the Setien era, and, remarkably, it was the first in which Messi had not played a role, either by scoring or imposing an assist.
Getafe boss Jose Bordalas introduced Rodriguez shortly after the break and the substitute was soon on the scoreboard when he volleyed Jaime Mata’s home team with 66 minutes on time.
Moments later, Rodriguez, who scored eight league goals as a substitute for this time, gave the hosts a real shock when his flick-shot was stopped by Ter Stegen, who then prevented Mata from straining the rebound.
Setien’s side was on the ropes, but they did enough to grab all three points and keep the hope of defending their LaLiga title.