Barcelona 2-1 Getafe: Memphis Depay continues his brilliant start at the Nou Camp as he takes in the winner to save his side from embarrassment… after former Everton player Sandro canceled Sergi Roberto’s opener
- Barcelona fans chanted for their former star Lionel Messi . in the 10th minute
Elvis may have left the building, Barcelona still has Memphis. He scored his second goal in two games to give them a win over Getafe and helped lift some of that gloom after Lionel Messi.
It wasn’t all smiles. Barcelona were poor in the second half, it seems they have done nothing to bolster a loose defence, and no love seems to be lost between fans and some of the club’s greatest players.
She whistled for Antoine Griezmann in the first half. So often the scapegoat, he suffered when Barcelona failed to put away a witty Getafe. And there were some whistles for Philippe Coutinho and for Samuel Umtiti as they warmed up in the second half. PSG was the target for that.
Barcelona players celebrate after Sergi Roberto’s goal gave them a 1-0 lead against Getafe
Antoine Griezmann (left) fights for possession with Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam
The Messi tribute to ten minutes that supporters had suggested could last all season has only lasted one week. In Barcelona’s first home game of the season, supporters chanted his name at 10 minutes, but this time they heard chants of ‘f***ing PSG’ at 10 minutes
Spectators at the Camp Nou may have found it difficult to cover the 700 miles that Messi was about to make his debut for a new club.
Barcelona started well and were up front with a brilliant team goal. Clement Lenglet played the ball forward to Memphis and he passed the ball wide left to the overlapping Jordi Alba.
The Spain international found Sergi Roberto through Martin Braithwaite’s most subtle flicks and Roberto scored from close range. Barely a minute and a half had passed.
Getafe striker Sandro Ramirez celebrates after his side’s equalizer at Camp Nou
Carles Aleña, against his own club, fired a shot just past Marc Andre ter Stegen as Getafe reacted and it was another former Barcelona player who linked Aleña to equalize.
Sergio Busquets lost possession and Sandro played a pass to Aleña with Lenglet and Alba watching. The former Barcelona B attacker scored past Ter Stegen.
Koeman was heard later in the cooling break complaining to his players that there had been no challenge – not even a foul – to stop the move.
The atmosphere changed and then the whistle came for Griezmann. Sandro also got it from Barcelona supporters. They didn’t like the way he had the nerve to celebrate his goal against them and when Ronald Araujo was booked for fouling him there was more abuse for the Getafe striker.
Barca defender Clement Lenglet (left) fights for the ball with Getafe forward Enes Unal
Memphis put Barcelona back in the foreground. His Dutch international teammate Frenkie De Jong found him next to the left. With a shuffle and a stepover, he cut in and drove a low shot between Juan Iglesias and Djene Dakonam, and inside the near post of David Soria.
The old Barca would have finished Getafe quickly, but even last season with Messi they seemed to have lost the ability to do so.
At the start of the second half, Ter Stegen turned a shot by Jacob Jankto around the post. Nemanja Maksimovic then tested the German keeper from a distance. Getafe coach Michel appeared to be doing Barcelona a favor when he eliminated Aleña; he dominated the midfield.
Dutch attacker Memphis Depay celebrates after giving Barca a 2-1 lead on Sunday
Memphis was booked as frustration appeared for the home side. Getafe was on top and Koeman took on Emerson and brought in Sergino Dest. His effect was that he almost immediately reached the byline and pulled the ball back to the back post where he had nowhere to finish it.
He did it again five minutes from time and Memphis met it with a flying volley that he couldn’t contain. Barcelona persisted and received applause. But the rumble of discontent focused on a number of players and the poor second half showed things were not going well.
At least they have Memphis. The man Koeman wanted to play alongside Messi from last January is doing his best to replace him. There have been magical moments in all three games thus far, he could hardly have started better.