Barcelona crashes to defeat at Getafe

Barcelona crashed to a stunning 1 – 0 defeat by a stubborn Getafe who refused to give up last night. After Real Madrid’s win at home in their local derby against Athletic Madrid, this means they are six points clear at the top of the table. David Villa has said that they can still beat Real Madrid at the Bernabéu on 10th December and that it’s just a minor setback. Guardiola says the league isn’t over just yet.

Barcelona crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe on Saturday and now trail Real Madrid, who earlier beat 10-man derby rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1, by six points in the chase for La Liga title.
It was the first defeat of the season for the reigning Spanish and European champions as Getafe frustrated their illustrious visitors and grabbed the points thanks to a second half header from Juan Valera.

In a scrappy game Nikolas Miku shot over for Getafe after 20 minutes and Alexis Sanchez, a surprise inclusion in the Barca starting eleven, was denied by a fine reflex save from keeper Miguel Moya before half-time.
Barca continued to press but Getafe surprisingly took the lead with practically their only effort on target in the whole game when Valera, left unmarked, headed in a corner after 67 minutes.
Deep into injury time Lionel Messi had a golden chance to equalise but his shot came back off a post.

Barcelona’s last defeat came on April 30 when they lost 2-1 at Real Sociedad.
Saturday’s drama added an extra edge to the build-up to the first El Clasico meeting of the season between Real and Barcelona which takes place on December 10.

Real maintained their imperious form at the top as they beat a robust Atletico Madrid with the game turning on the first half dismissal of keeper Thibaut Courtois and a penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is 12 years since Atletico beat their rivals at the Bernabeu and they had a tough task against Real who were looking for their 13th successive win. More here on

Gerar Piqué is not bothered by the Getafe defeat and he said the following:

Gerard Piqué is confident that FC Barcelona will bounce back after the loss to Getafe. “I’m convinced that the team will give everything they’ve got to be fighting for the title at the end of the season.” The centre defender called on the Camp Nou faithful to “trust us.” While adding that, “there are may games still yet to be played, a lot of points up for grabs. Madrid is doing things a bit better and we have to turn this situation around. We are Barça and we’ll move forward.”

The players are aware that they have no time to dwell on the defeat against Getafe as FC Barcelona will host Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday at the Camp Nou. Piqué said he doesn’t wan’t to think about the game against Madrid but it’s important, with the Clásico looming, that against Rayo and Levante “the team must win six points.” Original here.

Barcelona shouldn’t get their heads down over this minor setback as 6 points is not the end of the world. They should evaluate what went wrong and put it right, they are Barcelona after all.

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