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Barcelona v Getafe Live Commentary, 15/02/2020

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2 - 1
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A. Griezmann (33)
Sergi Roberto (39)
Ángel (66)
Camp Nou

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The Catalans are now level on 52 points with Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga thanks to this third league win in a row. Getafe's four-match winning streak is over, meanwhile, but they will remain in the top four no matter what happens over the rest of the weekend. Next up for Barcelona is a home match with Eibar next Saturday, while Getafe host Ajax in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.
Barcelona hold on to beat Getafe 2-1 at Camp Nou in an entertaining contest. Griezmann converted after being played in by Messi and Roberto added a second to give the hosts a two-goal half-time lead, but substitute Rodriguez - recently linked with a switch to Barca - pulled one back in style with 24 minutes to play. Getafe, who had a goal for Nyom ruled out by VAR at 0-0, nearly snatched a point as Ter Stegen was required to pull off a superb double save late on.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-1 GETAFE
90' + 2' Getafe are not really managing to get their foot on the ball as we enter the final 60 seconds. Rodriguez nearly gets on the end of a flicked pass, but he was offside anyway.
90' INCHES WIDE! Messi cuts in on his left and bends a shot inches wide of the top corner from around 19 yards out. Three minutes have been added on at Camp Nou.
Kenedy
Yellow Card
Getafe
89' Getafe appear to have run out of steam. Kenedy scythes down Roberto and is shown the fifth yellow card of the game - the sixth including the one shown to Bordalas in the first half.
87' Barcelona are now playing with Griezmann and Messi up top, with Vidal just behind. The game has become a little stop-start over the last five minutes and that will suit the hosts.
Ansu Fati
Yellow Card
Barcelona
85' Barca youngster Fati took his time to leave the field and is shown a yellow card for time-wasting.
A. Vidal
Ansu Fati
Barcelona
85' Fati is replaced by Vidal as Setien pads out his midfield for the closing stages.
84' The visitors have plenty of momentum, and indeed time, on their side as Mata fires wide. There is still around 10 minutes to play at Camp Nou - can Barcelona hold on?
Junior Firpo
Yellow Card
Barcelona
82' Firpo is cautioned for a blatant handball.
81' Getafe win themselves another corner. Mata gets to it first at the near post but cannot divert it on target. Barcelona are living dangerously.
79' PENALTY APPEAL! Rodriguez is shoved off the ball by Pique and wants a penalty. The referee feels it was nothing more than a shoulder barge, though, so play continues. What a gripping game this has turned out to be!
77' WIDE! De Jong is perhaps fortunate to avoid a booking for his foul on Mata. The game has become incredibly stretched now, as Griezmann drags a shot wide of the far post with the angle against him.
I. Rakitić
Arthur
Barcelona
75' Rakitic replaces Arthur in a like-for-like midfield change.
74' GRIEZMANN BLAZES OVER! The ball runs loose for Griezmann, who thumps it over the bar from 10 yards out on his weaker foot. Barcelona could have done with the France international burying that to settle their nerves a little.
Mata
Yellow Card
Getafe
73' Mata lunges in on Arthur and is shown a yellow card. It could easily have been a red!
72' IT SHOULD BE 2-2!!! How did this one stay out?! Rodriguez directs the ball on target from a few yards out and Ter Stegen reacts brilliantly to keep it out at the second attempt. Not only that, the Barcelona keeper then scoops the ball away from Mata to prevent a tap in.
71' Pique's overhit pass has too much on it for Messi to chase down. Barcelona have not created anything in the second half, which is a worry considering Getafe now have some momentum on their side.
69' Rodriguez has been linked with a move to Barcelona, and it is interesting that he decided against celebrating that sensational strike. Barcelona could do with a third goal to kill off this contest.
A. Ndiaye
O. Etebo
Getafe
67' Ndiaye is on for Etebo with Getafe now very much back in this game.
Mata
Assist
Getafe
66' Mata's cross was good, but this goal was all about the qualify of Rodriguez's caressed finish.
Ángel
Goal
Getafe
66' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!! BARCELONA 2-1 GETAFE!!! Game on at Camp Nou! Rodriguez gets between Pique and Roberto to send a delightful side-footed volley away from Ter Stegen into the bottom-right corner from 16 yards out. That is a stunning finish and it means Barca have a little something to think about!
65' Busquets is penalised for stepping in the way of Cucurella to further enrage the Barcelona supporters, who feel that a number of decisions are going against their side.
64' Messi is completely dictating the flow of the game. He is once again fouled but the referee decides against giving him a free-kick. Getafe could do with making another change.
62' Barcelona have had 78 per cent of the ball today. Getafe have faded badly since the hosts' quickfire goals in the first half.
61' Barcelona skipper Messi is now pretty much stationed inside his own half. He does brilliantly to get away from one player and is then fouled by Dakonam before he can get any further.
59' Messi is dropping very deep to pick up the ball. He starts this latest Barcelona attack, which ends with the Argentina international's shot at the near post being blocked.
57' It has been a very quiet start to the second half. Barcelona are not creating much, but the onus is very much on their opponents to score the game's third goal. Setien will take another half an hour of this.
55' Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in seven goals in his last eight LaLiga games against Getafe (four goals and three assists).
53' The referee has to calm down both sets of players following an off-the-ball incident involving Fati and Nyom. Getafe are starting to let their frustrations get the better of them.
Ángel
Jorge Molina
Getafe
52' Rodriguez replaces Molina in the second of Getafe's substitutions.
Kenedy
M. Olivera
Getafe
52' Kenedy is on for Olivera as part of a double change for Getafe.
51' Arambarri's free-kick from range is a long way off target. Getafe boss Bordalas may well turn to his bench shortly in an attempt to breathe some life into his side.
S. Umtiti
Yellow Card
Barcelona
49' After a bit of aerial pinball, Umtiti catches Mata in the head with his elbow. There did not look to be any real intent but he is shown a yellow card.
48' Firpo makes a run in behind down the left but Messi is unable to pick him out with an overhit pass. Getafe have not really got going in this second half - not great, given they require at least two goals.
46' RESTART! Getafe, trailing to first-half goals from Griezmann and Roberto, get us back up and running at Camp Nou! 
Setien will know this game is far from over at the midway stage. Barcelona lack any real attacking options on the bench, but they do have the likes of Rakitic and Vidal to call upon if they wish to change things in midfield. As for Getafe, who entered this game on a four-match winning run in the league, they have nine-goal striker Rodriguez among their subs.
Barcelona take a 2-0 lead into half-time, but that does not quite tell the whole story. Getafe were the better side for 30 minutes and thought they had taken the lead through Nyom's close-range finish, only for VAR to adjudge he fouled Umtiti in the build-up. That acted as a wake-up call for Barca and goals from Griezmann and Roberto in the space of six minutes has given them control of the contest.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 2-0 GETAFE
45' + 4' GREAT SAVE!! Messi is picked out by Griezmann at the back post and guides a header back across goal. Soria gets down to his left to produce a fine stop, keeping the scoreline at 2-0 at half-time.
45' + 3' The visitors want a penalty for handball against Umtiti, but the ball hit the French centre-back on the chest, rather than the arm.
45' + 2' Getafe were the better side for a good half an hour, but Barca's two goals have completely taken the wind out of the visitors' sails. Bordalas' men are offering little at the moment and could probably do with half-time to regroup.
45' Getafe win a free-kick 15 yards inside Barcelona's half but fail to make the most of it. Cucurella makes too much contact with the ball and it goes straight behind without a touch for a goal-kick. Four minutes have been added on at Camp Nou.
43' Barcelona do not deserve a two-goal lead at the break, it is fair to say, but credit to Setien's men for picking themselves up after nearly falling behind. They are in control of possession as we fast approach half-time.
41' Messi wins a free-kick around 40 yards out, which he decides to take on. His effort is only just off target - not a bad attempt at all!
Sergi Roberto
Goal
Barcelona
39' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! BARCELONA 2-0 GETAFE!!!! Roberto doubles Barca's lead with a little over five minutes of the first half to play. Firpo sends in a dangerous cross from the left and Fati fails to make any connection with it, but Roberto is positioned behind him to side-foot past Soria.
37' That goal should help to settle Setien's side down a little. Getafe had given them a real scare with the disallowed goal, but Barca now have a platform to build on. Fati tries to wriggle free but Etebo does well to take the ball off him.
35' Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has now been involved in 21 goals in his 14 games against Getafe at Camp Nou in all competitions (11 goals and 10 assists).
L. Messi
Assist
Barcelona
33' The goals have dried up for Messi of late but the assists just keep on coming. The Barcelona skipper spotted the run of Griezmann and picked him out with a first-time pass.
A. Griezmann
Goal
Barcelona
33' GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! BARCELONA 1-0 GETAFE!!!! Umtiti feeds the ball to Messi and he plays a delightful first-time pass through the legs of Etxeita and into the path of Griezmann, who pokes the ball over Soria's body to open the scoring for Barcelona.
32' Firpo is played into space down the left but sends his cross straight to the feet of a Getafe player. A chance for Messi aside around 15 minutes in, Barca have yet to really ask any questions of Getafe's backline.
31' Replays show that the officials were correct to rule out Nyom's goal for his challenge on Umtiti prior to converting from six yards out. Still, Getafe have arguably been the better side overall and will not be too disheartened.
29' Arthur glides past a couple of opposition players and has Griezmann for support to his left. The ex-Atletico Madrid man does not fancy going it alone and cuts inside, only to lose possession.
27' SHOT! Setien's side have been given a real let-off. Getafe thought they had scored, only for the goal to be disallowed for Nyom's foul on Umtiti. Cucurella shoots wide as the visitors look to find a way through.
25' GETAFE GOAL DISALLOWED! After a pretty lengthy VAR check, Nyom's goal is ruled out for an infringement in the build-up.
23' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! BARCELONA 0-1 GETAFE!!! Molina is played through on goal but Umtiti does enough to put him off. Getafe make the most of the corner, though, as Nyom side-foots in a rebound from six yards after Molina's glanced header was saved by Ter Stegen. However, it looks as though there will be a VAR check...
Junior Firpo
Jordi Alba
Barcelona
22' The injured Alba makes his way straight down the tunnel. Firpo is on in his place.
22' Alba pulled up when stretching for the ball - it seems to be an issue with his groin, which will likely spell the end of his participation in this match.
21' Alba appears to have picked up a knock, so Firpo is sent to warm up. Meanwhile, Getafe boss Bordalas has been shown a yellow card, seemingly for something he said to the referee.
19' Setien's side are definitely growing more and more into the game. They have already created one big chance for Messi and look as though they will find a way through if they continue probing away in this manner.
17' Nyom nibbles at the feet of Fati, who tries to keep a low centre of gravity to get away from the Getafe full-back. The referee initially gives the advantage but then pulls play back for the free-kick.
15' CHANCE FOR MESSI! Getafe are not giving Barcelona's players a second to breathe when they are in possession. That does not stop Busquets from picking out the run of Messi with a pass over the top, but the Barca superstar is unable to lift the ball over Soria.
13' Barcelona are starting to look a little more dangerous on the ball now. Messi finds a pocket of space 25 yards out and unleashes a shot that is blocked by Etxeita on the edge of the box.
11' De Jong goes on a positive run forward but runs into trouble around 30 yards from the opposition goal. Mata gets himself into a good position at the other end of the pitch but runs out of ground. Talk about end-to-end!
9' Getafe are marking Barcelona's players man for man right across the pitch. It is working well so far as the home side have barely managed to get the ball into the final third.
7' Pique is clattered into when attempting to win an aerial ball and initially stays down, but he is soon back to his feet and is okay to continue.
6' Etxeita and De Jong go in for a 50-50 ball and the former follows through on his opponent, catching the Barca midfielder with his studs. He did not intend to endanger De Jong, though, and the referee lets him off with a brief warning.
4' It has been a bright start to the match from Getafe. They have stopped Barcelona from getting on the ball in the early stages and are themselves looking to play it in behind.
3' Cucurella is slipped in down the left-hand side but is unable to keep the ball in play. Getafe press Barca high up the pitch from the goal-kick, but the hosts play their way forward.
1' KICK-OFF! Barcelona, aiming to draw level on points with Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga, get us under way!
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Camp Nou, with kick-off just moments away. 
Barcelona are unbeaten in their 14 LaLiga home meetings with Getafe, winning 10 of those and keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four. Indeed, the Catalans have scored six goals in three of their last six matches against today's opponents at Camp Nou.
Bordalas makes one enforced change to Getafe's starting line-up from the 3-0 win over Valencia last Saturday. Damian Suarez misses out through suspension and is replaced at right-back by Nyom, but the visitors are otherwise unchanged. Vitorino Antunes remains absent through injury, so Olivera will continue to operate on the opposite flank to Nyom.
Barcelona show four changes from their 3-2 win at Real Betis six days ago. Pique returns from suspension to replace Lenglet, who is himself serving a ban after getting sent off last weekend, while Alba comes in for Firpo at left-back. Arthur and Fati are also recalled to the side, taking over from benched duo Semedo and Vidal, with the versatile Roberto dropping back into defence.
Subs: Angel Rodriguez, David Timor, Deyverson, Leandro Chichizola, Kenedy, Erick Cabaco, Amath Ndiaye.
GETAFE XI (4-4-2): David Soria; Allan-Romeo Nyom, Djene Dakonam, Xabier Etxeita, Mathias Olivera; Oghenekaro Etebo, Mauro Arambarri, Nemanja Maksimovic, Marc Cucurella; Jaime Mata, Jorge Molina (c).
Subs: Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo, Ivan Rakitic, Ronald Araujo, Rey Manaj, Arturo Vidal, Neto.
BARCELONA XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Arthur; Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi (c), Antoine Griezmann.
Getafe have been the surprise package of the season, having collected 42 points from their opening 23 games to leave them third in the table, three points clear of Sevilla in fifth. Jose Bordalas' men have won their last four top-flight outings, keeping a clean sheet in each of those games, and Champions League football next season is now a realistic prospect. 
After a recent wobble that saw them draw with Espanyol and lose to Valencia in the space of three matches, Barcelona have since found some form with back-to-back wins over Levante and Real Betis. Quique Setien's side twice had to fight back from a goal down against Betis, the victory keeping them within three points of league leaders Real Madrid, who host Celta Vigo on Sunday.
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