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December 22, 2013
• Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 9563
Sergio Escudero 10'
L. López 15'
Pedro 34', 41', 43'
Fàbregas 68', 72'
Full time in Madrid. Barcelona go back to the top of the Spanish Primera Division with a 5-2 victory over Getafe in a fantastic match from the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The hosts took a shock two-goal lead in the first half through Escudero and Lisandro, but a cracking hat trick from Pedro saw Barcelona go in 3-2 at the break. Los Cules kicked on in the second half and got another two through a Fabregas double. Tata Martino's outfit lead the way at Christmas! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us!
Alexiiiiiis! Just wide! The former Udinese man skips past a couple of challenges inside the box before attempting to squeeze a shot into the far corner. Just a bit too much on it though, and Getafe get the goal kick.
Tata Martino makes his last remaining change as Busquets comes off to be replaced by Marc Bartra, which will likely see Mascherano come into midfield for the last few minutes.
Yellow Card Busquets
Iniesta has been quietly instrumental in the ascendancy of Barcelona to get back into the match. As everything was falling around him, he kept calm and retained the ball with ease.
Yellow Card Alexis
Second change of the match for Los Cules as Fabregas is replaced by Song.
Yellow Card Borja
Having said that, it looks like the energy has been sapped out of the hosts now by Barcelona's patient passing along the back four. The visitors are calmly running down the clock here.
The match was long gone for Getafe after Fabregas dispatched that penalty, but the hosts are still being competitive and fighting for every ball. Fair play!
Double substitution here as both sides make a change. Pedro comes off for Tello for Barcelona and Lafita is replaced by Gavilan for Getafe.
Alexis Sanchez looks to latch on to a loose back pass to Moya but the Getafe goalkeeper just holds his position inside the box to claim the ball out of the air at the last minutes. Nearly for the Barca man.
Barcelona have been pretty scintillating in this second half. Considering they don't have Messi, Neymar, and Xavi they have been popping the ball about superbly. A real team performance in this second period.
Getafe made a substitution just before the penalty and it saw Pablo Sarabia come on in place of Diego Castro.
Penalty Goal Cesc Fàbregas
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!! Fabregas puts the game beyond Getafe with a well-taken penalty into the bottom corner! 5-2!
Yellow Card Lisandro López
PENALTY TO BARCELONA!!! Pedro is brought down inside the box!
Pedrooooo! Just over! The Barca man looks to claim his fourth of the match with a chip over Moya but this time his attempt floats just over the bar!
Goal Cesc Fàbregas
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! Busquets threads the ball out wide to Alexis, who chips the ball to the back post, ad Fabregas is on hand to smash a left-footed volley past Moya from a few yards out! 4-2!
AGAIN Pinto makes Tata Martino very uncomfortable on the bench with his antics at the back. He takes one or two unneeded touches before just managing to poke the ball away after taking a heavier touch. Lucky man.
That's poor from Alexis. The Chilean finds a pocket of space 25 yards from goal and has plenty of options with team-mates in decent positions. He opts for the shot, but his attempt goes high, wide, and not very handsome.
The ball finds its way to Dani Alves on the right flank and the Brazilian swings a cross to the back post. Valera does well to clear out of the box with a header but he gets the free kick anyway after a push from Fabregas.
First change of the match and it is from Getafe. Ciprian Marica is withdrawn for Adrian Colunga.
Diego Castroooooo!!!! A GREAT chance missed! Escudero finds his team-mate with a delightful lofted ball over the defence, who cuts back inside on his right foot before whipping a strike wide of the post!
Barcelona keep the ball for a good 20 or so passes inside the Getafe half before Cesc collects possession on the edge of the box and aims to drift beyond the defence. Lisandro gets his body in the way though and manages to smuggle the ball clear. Good defending.
Ohhhh that is very dodgy from Pinto! The Barcelona goalkeeper is surrounded by three Getafe players but still opts to take a few touches and play it short to Pique! He got away with that one a bit!
Yellow Card Piqué
Pedro Leon whips in a deep free kick to the back post and Lisandro once again climbs highest inside the box, but this time his header goes north of the crossbar. Not quite of the same quality as his first.
The Argentine goes for attempt number two and takes the ball a stride or two down the right wing, but he is eventually bundled over by Valera.
Mascherano picks up the ball just inside the Barca half and opts to go for a wander through the middle. As he is crowded out he is forced to turn back to Dani Alves, though.
Ohhhh so close for Ciprian! Lafita crosses into the box from wide and the Romanian takes a touch when he could have hit it first time! Pinto pounces on the loose ball and the opportunity is gone!
Castro looks to get the goalscoring ball rolling early doors again with a speculative volley from the right-hand side. It was never bothering Pinto though, and goes harmlessly wide.
We are back under way!
Half time in Madrid. A breathtaking first half saw Getafe go 2-0 through Escudero and Lisandro, but a sensational nine-minute hat trick from Pedro has saw Barcelona go into the break with a 3-2 lead. A superb half of La Liga action! More of the same in the second half, please!
Yellow Card Pedro Mosquera
That is very, very nasty from Mosquera! The 25-year-old rakes his studs down the ankle of Busquets before stamping on the shin of the Barca man! It looks like he is escaping any punishment, though!
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE TURNAROUND!!! PEDRO GETS HIS HAT TRICK!! Alba reverses the ball back into the danger area from the byline and his team-mate takes an assured touch round the defender before lashing a strike into the far corner! 3-2! What a game!
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCA!!! A PEACH FROM PEDRO!!! The Barca man collects possession on the left wing before cutting into the box and rifling a strike into the top right corner! A screamer of a finish! 2-2!
Ciprian does his best to hold up the ball under the attentions of Pique inside the Barca half, but the defender but poked a toe out to claim the ball from the feet of the Romanian. It's a tough job as the lone striker, but he's doing well!
Sergi Robertooooo!! What a miss that is! The 21-year-old times is run perfectly to get in behind the defence, but his eventual finish goes horribly and woefully over the bar! Technique was all wrong!
How will Getafe react to that? They've played well so far so there's no need to panic.
Assist Cesc Fàbregas
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! THEY ARE BACK IN IT! Fabregas slides a pass through the middle for Pedro, who takes Moya by surprise with a chip from outside of the box! The keeper gets a hand to it, but in nestle in the corner anyway!
Fantastic defending from Escudero! A cross is swung in to the back post and Alexis looks poised to head in, but the Getafe left-back came in out of nowhere to clear out of the box!
Yellow Card Daniel Alves
That's really awkward for Pinto! Pedro Leon whips in a corner kick and it looks as if it is going to sneak in under the bar, but the Barca keeper stayed on his toes to tip it over the bar!
Lafita looks to burst down the left-hand side but he is quickly stopped in his tracks by Dani Alves, who slyly hangs out a leg to trip up the Getafe attacker.
Barcelona get some respite slightly after Borja goes in rather solidly on Alba. Wasn't the worst challenge in the world, but the visitors get the free kick just inside their own half.
The pressing of the hosts has been one of the contributing factors to their deserved lead. They are giving Barca a taste of their own medicine and not allowing them a second on the ball.
It really has been a superb start to the match from Getafe, and most of their productive play is going down the left through Lafita and Escudero. Dani Alves looking quite lost!
Five of the 12 goals Barca have conceded this season in La Liga have been from corners. Some work needed on the training ground, Tata!
Pedro drops in a deep position and looks to lift the ball over the Getafe defence for the onrushing Alexis, but the hosts keep a good line to see the Chilean ruled as offside.
Well, what a horror start to the match from Barcelona. Their defending has been all over the place!
Assist Pedro León
Goal Lisandro López
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR GETAFE!!! Lisandro scores with a free header from a corner! Where was the marking there!? 2-0 Getafe!
Corner kick to Getafe. Let's see if they can make anything from this.
There's always been a bit of a question about the competency of Pinto in goal, and he didn't cover himself in glory there!
Goal Sergio Escudero
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR GETAFE!! THE HOSTS OPEN THE SCORING!! Escudero picks up the ball from a flick from Lafita and drives into the box before blasting a shot through the hands of Pinto into the net! Poor goalkeeping! 1-0!
Getafe have plenty of men piled into the Barcelona box, but in attack is prevented when Diego Castro goes in slightly overzealous in a challenge with Busquets. Free kick to Barca.
Lafita cleverly dummies the ball on the wing and drives forward looking to get on the end of the pass from Escudero, but Pique was covering well to dash over and reclaim possession for Barca.
The Catalan side have just managed to get into their passing game in the middle of the park. Short passes across the park, but no real penetration as of yet.
Free kick to Barcelona in a useful position after Lisandro upends Iniesta just outside the box. Let's see if the visitors can make anything from this set-piece.
PIQUE!!! GREAT SAVE FROM MOYA BUT HE SHOULD HAVE SCORED! The ball breaks fortuitously to the defender inside the box and he has a crack from close range, but the Getafe keeper spreads himself to make a solid save!
Maricaaaaa! Speculative effort early doors from the Getafe striker. He picks up the ball 30 yards from goal and rifles a shot towards the bottom corner, but Pinto manages to scramble the attempt away!
We are under way in Madrid!
The players have took to the field. We are almost ready for kick off!
Tata Martino's outfit are without their two star players tonight in Messi and Neymar, but they still have some reliable options in attack. Pedro comes into the first XI, who has scored a combined 15 goals with Alexis in the league this season.
Getafe sit eighth in the table and enter the match on the back of a morale-boosting 4-1 Copa del Rey win over Girona. However, in their last match against one of the league's elite teams, Atletico, they were hammered 7-0.
Barcelona currently sit second in La Liga after Atletico Madrid's rise to the summit last night following their 3-2 home win over Getafe. There's three points between the two sides at the moment.
The Catalan side have beaten Luis Garcia's men in their last three league meetings, scoring 14 goals in the process. Hopefully this stat promises goals for us!
Xavi misses out through injury, however. He's replaced in midfield by Sergi Roberto.
Another player who makes a return to the starting XI for Barcelona tonight is Dani Alves, who has recovered from his calf injury.
Getafe (4-2-3-1): Moya; Valera, Alexis, Lopez, Escudero; Borja, Mosquera; Pedro Leon, Lafita, Diego Castro; Marica.
Los Cules' best player in recent weeks, Neymar, misses the match today due to suspension. His absence has saw Pedro recalled to attack, alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta; Pedro, Alexis, Cesc.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good afternoon folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Getafe and Barcelona from the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in Madrid!
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