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November 7, 2010
• Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe
Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
• Attendance: 17000
Manu del Moral 70'
L. Messi 23'
David Villa 35'
90' + 3'
AND IT IS OVER! Barcelona temporarily claim first place in La Liga! Getafe gave the Catalans a run for their money in the second half. The game seemed as good as over at half-time with Barcelona having a two-goal cushion and playing brilliantly. Pique's sending off and subsequent penalty goal, however, gave Getafe hope, but it all went to waste minutes latter when Boateng was sent off. Barcelona managed to hold on to their lead and deservedly took three points. Join us for our live coverage of Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid, which is going to start soon. Good night from me, Vasil Kotsev! Bye, for now!
90' + 1'
ARIZMENDI! Parejo ran down the right and crossed from near the corner flag, but Arizmendi, under pressure by Pique, could not flick it in the net at the near post. Should have tried a backheel flick in my opinion.
There will be three minutes of injury time.
Yellow Card Manu Del Moral
Yellow Card Iniesta
Manu goes hard on Mascherano and is rightly booked. The game is really getting scrappy.
MESSI MISSES A SITTER! The striker was on the end of a four-man combination by Barcelona and saw his rather meek finish from the right side of the box blocked by Codina.
EMBARRASSING MISS BY ARIZMENDI! The referee played аdvantage to Getafe after a bad foul by Milito, and Arizmendi, through on goal, finished superbly after advancing to just outside the box!
Codina pulls off a flying save on Pedro after the striker unleashed a shot from the left wing. Barcelona are on the rise now.
Forgot to mention before that Xavi and Villa were substituted earlier. I never thought I would say it, but Xavi had a bad game tonight.
Yellow/Red D. Boateng
BOATENG IS SENT OFF! A completely needless foul on Mascherano sees Getafe reduced to ten men.
MAXWELL CLEARS FROM THE GOAL LINE! Arizmendi headed superbly a cross from Albin on the left, but Maxwell made a vital clearance on the goal line.
ALBIN! The midfielder was left completely unmarked by Alves just outside the box and let it fly, but Valdes makes a good save at the left post.
Well, this is something you do not see often. Ten-man Barcelona are wasting time and trying to hold on to their lead against Getafe!
INIESTA! WHAT A SAVE BY CODINA! Iniesta was teed up the ball in the box and the midfielder unleashed a thunderous shot in the right corner, but Codina managed to block it with a diving save! Great football here!
Clear handball by Pique who tried to make a sliding block on cross by Rios, who made a wonderful run to the byline on the right side of the box, but touched the ball with his left hand. Getafe are back in the game!
Penalty Goal Manu Del Moral
GOAL! Manu puts is away! Valdes got a hand on the ball, but it was not enough!
PIQUE HANDBALLS IN THE PENALTY AREA! He is sent off! Penalty for Getafe!
Yellow Card Pablo Pintos
Víctor Sánchez Mata
Pablo Pintos is booked after bringing down Iniesta near the centre of the pitch.
GOAL! THIRD STRIKE FOR BARCELONA! IT IS PEDRO! Codina played a simple pass to Daniel Diaz in the box, but the defender screwed up his next pass and the ball rebound off Messi and Pedro, who was ghosting just outside the box, managed to control the ball ahead of Codina and slotted in.
Alves has probably seen more of the ball than anyone on the pitch tonight. The defender has put in an inspiring performance so far and does not seem to be stopping any time soon.
I feared the game could turn into a scrappy affair and it is happening. Josep Guardiola does not seem too happy with his side's performance in the second half.
Yellow Card D. Boateng
Messi is brought down with a scissors tackle by Boateng just outside the box. The midfielder did touch with the ball, but should not have used his left leg, too. Yellow card for the Ghana international.
BOATENG! Close one! The midfielder jumped high, but could not quite connect with his heade and it went wide of the right post.
Alves concedes a corner on the left, Manu will take it ....
MANU! Wonderful piece of skill by the winger! The Getafe man received the ball on his flank, following a fast break, advanced to box and turned Pique inside and out before letting fly a powerful, yet not very threatening shot in the centre of the box, which Valdes easily stopped.
ALVES! Strange decision by Codina! The wing-back went on a rampaging run down the right and whipped in a cross in the box with not even one Barcelona player there, but the goalkeeper made a diving punch to clear the ball.
MANU! The winger ran down the left and put in a superb low cross for Miku, but Pique intercepted the pass. Valdes would have probably claimed it, but why take the chance?
Getafe are trying to exert some pressure on Barcelona and they are pushing for a goal. Nothing serious so far, but who knows, a chance might pop up as well ...
The second half begins ...
45' + 1'
No injury time as the referee blows his whistle for the end of the first half. Messi and Villa both scored a goal in this period as Barcelona are in the driving seat. There were many more chances for the Catalans, and Getafe are lucky not to be three or four down at halft-time. This one seems to be over as a contest, but anything can happen, or at least we can enjoy Barcelona's brilliant play some more, so stay tuned ...
Messi shows great technique with a marvellous backheel dribble to free himself from Rafa Lopez on the right side of the box, but puts his lobbed finish over the top left corner.
Miku tries to work his way through four defenders on the left wing, but was crowded out and loses possession.
Pique is booked for a handball. An unintentional one, but based on his previous somewhat reckless fouls, he probably deserves this yellow card.
Yellow Card Piqué
Boateng yet again steals the ball in midfield and sets Getafe on the break with a pass to Manu, but the winger's first touch lets him down.
Getafe literally can not string two passes together as the game is turning into a training session for the Catalans.
Yellow Card Cata Díaz
Daniel Diaz with a horrible challenge in the middle of the pitch and is correctly booked.
Goal David Villa
GOAL! No mercy from Villa this time! After some wonderful interplay by Iniesta and Messi, the Argentinian threads a brilliant through ball for Villa on the right of the box and the Spanish striker makes no mistake with his low drive. There was nothing Codina could do about this finish
GOAL! NO! OFFSIDE! Messi taps in from the centre of the penalty from a cross by Villa on the right-hand side of the box, but it is ruled out for offside.
Boateng has been a one-man army in midfield for Getafe tonight. He has covered a lot of ground and his passing has been neat.
YET ANOTHER HORRIBLE MISS BY VILLA! The striker was released through on goal on the right side of the box, pulled the trigger, but saw his shot from close range blocked by Codina.
VILLA MISSES A SITTER! Alves put in a wonderful cross from the right for Villa just outside the six-yard box, but the striker completely missed the ball.
Victor, on loan from Barcelona, takes a free-kick for Getafe on the right. He hits the wall ...
Assist David Villa
GOAL! Messi scores! Outstanding play by Villa! The striker received the ball near the penalty spot, managed to control superbly, fooled the defenders with a turn, drawing more Getafe players in the process, and played a brilliant through-ball for the overlapping Messi on the right of the box, who had no trouble slotting past Codina from a slightly narrow angle.
CODINA ALMOST WITH A HOWLER! For those who remember Roy Carrol and Dida this may not come as a surprise, but still it was sort of hilarious. Pedro unleashed a low shot from the right and with Codina on his knees, waiting to collect, the ball slipped right through his hands and feet, but the goalkeeper managed to recover and claim it near the goal line.
Pique goes hard on Mane and is lucky to escaped the situation without a yellow card. One could tell he was going for a foul ...
Hardly surprising - Barcelona dominate possession with 76% to Getafe's 24%.
Messi chips a wonderful pass for Villa in the box, but the striker is flagged for offside. Villa seems pretty short on confidence.
Lovely piece of control by Iniesta! The striker received the ball in the air, controlled with his right foot and turned, but found himself in a crowded area and lost possession.
One gets the feeling that this is going to be a long night for Getafe. Still, ex-Real Madrid B coach Michel can make a gift to his former team if his men manage to overcome Barcelona tonight.
MESSI! Alves played a brilliant through-ball for Messi in the box, the Argentinian managed to recover the ball near the byline, but saw his shot blocked by Codina.
Almost a howler by Maxwell! The wing-back sent a hesitant backpass, but Valdes showed awareness and was first to the ball.
Barcelona's passing machine is in full swing as the Catalans are looking to stamp their authority on the game. Expect some familiar possession statistics soon ...
VILLA! What a miss! What a miss! Iniesta released David Villa through on goal near the penalty box, the striker sent Codina the wrong way, but blasted his finish way over the top left corner.
CASQUERO! The midfielder ran down the right and advanced in the box after some poor defending by Maxwell, but saw a shot deflected by Pyuol for a corner on the right. This set-piece amounted to nothing.
And they are off!
Barcelona: Valdes; Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Maxwell; Mascherano, Iniesta, Xavi; Pedro, Villa, Messi.
Getafe: Codina; Mane, Lopez, Diaz, Pintos; Boateng, Sanchez; Manu, Pedro Rios, Casquero; Miko.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of today's game between Getafe and Barcelona. My name is Vasil Kotsev and I will be keeping you company for the next two hours or so. Barcelona are in with a chance to put pressure on league leaders Real Madrid tonight, and even topple the league in case Jose Mourinho's men fail to pick up enough points. I will fill you in on the line-ups in minutes, so stay tuned, the game starts in minutes ...
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