Barça 1-0 Getafe: Recap

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FC Barcelona v Getafe CF - LaLiga Santander
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A nasty efficiency, however an vital win

Barcelona will end one other weekend on the prime of the La Liga desk as they continued their unbeaten January with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Getafe on the Spotify Camp Nou. The guests had been as robust as anticipated and Barça performed effectively beneath their traditional requirements and needed to accept a slim margin to select up all three factors and proceed their good run of outcomes.

FIRST HALF

Getafe arrange in a again 5 with a low block as anticipated and fired an early warning shot when Juan Iglesias scored a aim simply three minutes in that was dominated out for offside, clearly exhibiting from the primary minute that they had been going to be a tricky opponent all night time.

The guests had been stable on the again, very organized with out the ball and fairly bodily when obligatory. Barça simply couldn’t discover a approach to string lengthy passing sequences to try to discover areas contained in the Getafe protection, and the primary 20 minutes had been fairly robust to look at from a Barça perspective.

However the Blaugrana started taking part in with extra readability and depth, and their excessive urgent began creating harmful assaults in good positions once they bought the ball again. And it was that prime urgent that bought them the opening aim: Alejandro Balde received the ball excessive up the pitch, and Raphinha discovered Pedri on their lonesome contained in the field to place the house group forward.

Pedri nearly went from hero to villain in a matter of minutes as a nasty go from the midfielder put Borja Mayoral on their lonesome in entrance of Marc-André ter Stegen, however the Barça keeper made a magical save to maintain his group within the lead. However Getafe had been relentless of their method and had one other large possibilities on the counter, with former Blaugrana Carles Aleñá lacking a straightforward cross to present Mayoral a tap-in by the slightest of margins.

At halftime, Barça had the lead however Getafe had been very a lot alive and would little question really feel assured of their possibilities of getting no less than a degree within the second half. Barça wanted to step up their attacking play, lower down on the errors and rating one other aim or two to complete the job.

SECOND HALF

Barça didn’t step up their attacking play and many of the second half was performed at a really gradual tempo with the Blaugrana dominating possession however nonetheless unable to create actual possibilities with the ball, whereas Getafe continued with their technique of staying compact on the again and hurting Barça on the counter.

However the guests lacked the expertise and the effectiveness to actually hassle Ter Stegen in aim, so there have been no actual alternatives for both aspect as we reached the ultimate quarter-hour. Barça badly wanted a second aim to keep away from any actual bother on the finish, however couldn’t manufacture an opportunity and easily held on to the ball for the dying seconds. Getafe had one large probability in added time with a Latasa header, however Ter Stegen made one other essential save to maintain the clear sheet.

The ultimate whistle got here to present Barça three extra factors, that are at all times the primary precedence in such a good race for the title, however the efficiency merely needs to be higher. Barça as soon as once more struggled closely to assault a again 5 and had been extra weak on the counter in comparison with latest weeks. This was a nasty efficiency in each section of the sport, and it wants to enhance so video games towards struggling groups corresponding to Getafe aren’t as tense and troublesome as this was.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto (Alonso 77’), Kounde, Christensen (Eric 46’), Balde (Alba 46’); Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Raphinha (Kessie 62’), Fati, Dembélé

Aim: Pedri (35’)

Getafe: Soria; Suárez, Djené, Alderete, Duarte, Iglesias (Álvarez 84’); Mayoral (Portu 77’), Algobia (Villar 62’), Milla (Seoane 84’), Aleñá; Ünal (Latasa 84’)

Targets: None

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