Lionel Messi netted the opener as Barcelona claimed a 2-1 over Getafe in a tough La Liga showdown on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
The encounter at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez .lived up to its billing as both sides gave a good account of themselves for the entire duration of the game.
Messi scored after 29 minute to put Barcelona in the front foot before Luis Suarez doubled the advantage in the 39th minute.
But on the 43rd Jaime Mata reduced Barcelona league will two minute to half-time. At the end of the first stanza, the Catalan side went into the break with a 2-1 advantage over their host.
The second stanza was very explosive with lots of chances to score but none of the two teams took advantage.
But Getafe were more dangerous going forward as they piled up pressure on Barcelona defence with numerous scoring chances. Marc-André ter Stegen had to dig deep to make a few sensational saves as Getafe raided Batca goalmouth..
Interestingly, Mata had a glamorous moment to net his second after rounding the Barca keeper, but he failed to convert when it mattered most.
The Spanish champions on their part wasted a glaring chances on the counter to kill off the game.With 10 minute left of the clock, it became a tougher task for Barcelona as they changed tactics to keep out Getafe, opting to pass the ball around.
Indeed, the move worked nicely for Barcelona as Getafe could not get the needed goal to level scores.
At the blast of referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez's final whistle, the scoreboard displayed Getafe 1-2 Barcelona, .meaning the champions have now moved five points clear at the top of the log. Getafe remain on the 7th spot with 25 points from 18 games.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez left youngsters yearning for more after a surprise visit to the medical facility in Barcelona on Friday.
According to a UK Daily Mail report, the pair took out time ahead of the resumption of La Liga action this weekend, to spend time with the children, sign autographs and photographs at the Hospital de Barcelona.