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Barcelona-Getafe: Barcelona remain in the title race in Spain thanks to Lionel Messi

Barcelona-Getafe: Barcelona remain in the title race in Spain thanks to Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona started the attack at a high pace from the start and already had a great chance in the fourth minute thanks to Lionel Messi. After a pass from Antoine Griezmann, the Argentine fired from the edge of the penalty area against the crossbar, where the ball hit the goal line and then exited the danger area. But the opening goal fell after four minutes. Sergio Busquets sent Messi with a superb pass from his own half into the penalty area, with the Argentine placing the ball in the upper right corner (eighth place).

When Oscar Minguisa was forced into treatment soon after after a duel on the sidelines, the guests used the excess for a tie. Marc Cocorella’s cross from the left flank, Angel Rodriguez shot in the middle of the penalty area, Clement Lenglet, and from there the ball went to the goal (12). In the minutes that followed, Getafe were uncomfortable opponents for Barcelona – but then the guests put themselves in a good position. Sofiane Shakla wanted to play for his goalkeeper, but due to David Soria’s exit, Getafe defender pushed the ball to his own goal (28).

Five minutes later, Messi hit again. After a header in the penalty area, the Argentine immediately seized the ball with his weak right foot and hit the left post from the half-right. The rebound landed on him and Messi switched it easily (33rd).

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By the start of the second half, both teams seemed to have come to terms with the outcome of the match. But in the 67th minute, Ronald Araujo, Barcelona defender, stepped on Ines Unal’s foot in a harmless sight. The striker kicked himself into the penalty spot and turned safely to the lower left corner (69).

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After that, the Catalans had problems with the guests’ high offensive pressure. But Getafe didn’t really have a good chance. Instead, Araujo corner kicked Messi into the net. In stoppage time, Griezmann injured the foot from Shakla in the penalty area – safely switching the subsequent penalty kick into the lower right corner to take the final score 5-2 (90 + 3).

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Noted: Messi again and again

Lionel Messi struggled to find his rhythm earlier this season and appeared almost unemotional in some matches. But this stage ended a long time ago. The Argentine is currently playing at his usual high level. The 33-year-old was already unstoppable in the Cup Final against Bilbao. Messi was also a lot of clever against Getafe, always playable, often dangerous goals. He scored the goal 1-0 himself, the goal 3-1 he also got through strong solo action. He set up 4: 2 and before the penalty kick that resulted in 5: 2, Antoine Griezmann played in the penalty area. This world-class form guarantees Messi that Barcelona still have every chance of claiming the title.

Statistics: 2

While Barcelona performed very well in attack for most of the match against Getafe and had plenty of speed and good passing in their match, the defense was once again the weakness in the Catalans’ game. Barcelona simply makes unnecessary mistakes all too often. When you concede 1: 1 you can still claim extenuating circumstances, because Oscar Mingoza has just healed and the attack is starting from his right side. It fits in with the photo that Lenglet was photographed and not Getafe himself. When he conceded the second goal, Ronald Araujo made a very unnecessary foul in the penalty area. Guest stats showed a shot on goal, but two goals.

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