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Barcelona v Getafe Live Commentary & Result, 22/04/2021, Primera División | Goal.com

Barcelona are in control with a 3-1 half-time lead over Getafe. Messi dictated the play, smacking an early chance off the bar before putting his side ahead. The visitors pulled one back when Cucurella’s cross went in off Lenglet before a horrible mix-up between Soria and Chakla saw the defender’s backpass cross the line. Messi then got his second from a tight angle after his initial shot was tipped onto the post.

45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 3-1 GETAFE.

45′ Messi wins a free-kick on the right for Barcelona and steps up to take it himself. He chooses to float it into the far post instead of going for goal himself, but it’s too high for everyone in there and Iglesias sees it harmlessly out of play.

43′ Chakla is there to intercept Roberto’s cross from the right, but he takes too long to clear his lines and he’s closed down by Griezmann. The defender ends up hitting the ball against him and gets lucky as it bounces kindly into Soria’s gloves.

41′ Pedri switches play out to Alba on the left and he drives forward to create space for a cross. He has Griezmann to pick out in the middle, but can’t get enough on it and Dakonam is there to clear up for Getafe.

39′ Still, Barcelona are happy to keep possession in their own half as they try to draw Getafe out of their shape. Pique lays it off to Messi and he tries to turn away from Rodriguez, only to be fouled by the midfielder.

37′ Getafe just can’t get on the ball at the moment and are dropping deeper into their own half and inviting the pressure from Barca. De Jong fires it forward for Griezmann to chase, but Soria is quickly off his line to collect it.

35′ Cucurella is pushing forward down the left for Getafe and he’s the furthest forward, trying to make something happen. None of his team-mates are getting up in support though and he’s eventually crowded off the ball by the Barcelona defenders.

33′ MESSI SCORES! Pedri wins it back in midfield and heads it down for Messi on the right of the box. He drills a low shot across goal, and Soria tips it onto the inside of the post. He latches onto the follow-up though and from an extremely tight angle beats Soria at his near post. 3-1 Barca!

32′ Messi has ended his worst run without scoring against Getafe at home in LaLiga (three games in a row). The Barca captain has now scored more goals in the competition this term (24) than all of Getafe’s players combined (23).

30′ Barcelona are on the attack again, with Messi spinning away from Rodriguez before laying it off for Griezmann. The Frenchman gives chase through the middle, but Chakla recovers really well to nudge him off the ball.

28′ ANOTHER OWN GOAL! It’s a horrible mix-up at the back for Getafe! Pedri’s driving run is cut out by Rodriguez and he touches it back to Chakla and he passes it back to Soria, not realising he was off his line. The keeper scrambles back, but he can’t get there in time to stop it from crossing the line. 2-1 Barca!

26′ Getafe are happy to just sit back in their own half now and let Barcelona keep possession on the halfway line. The hosts are patiently trying to work it forward, but there’s no way through for them at the moment.

24′ None of the Getafe players spot Pedri in acres of space in the middle and he lifts a lovely ball over the top to De Jong, who’s running onto it at the far post. He volleys a cross into a dangerous area, but none of his team-mates followed in, and the chance is wasted.

22′ Getafe aren’t being given a lot of space down the left, but Kubo does well to squeeze a pass into Cucurella, who then pulls it back from the byline. It’s cleared by Pique ahead of Angel and Pedri is alert enough to touch it away from Alena, who is following in.

20′ Barcelona are keeping the pressure on Getafe here as Roberto does well to keep the ball in play at the byline. Dakonam heads his cross away, but only as far as Messi on the edge of the box. He scuffs at the shot though and it’s a comfortable save for Soria down the middle.

18′ Alba just drifts off the back of Suarez down the left and De Jong picks him out by fizzing the ball into him. The left-back tries to pull it back for Griezmann in the middle first time, but Dakonam is there to smother the cross.

16′ CHANCE! Busquets picks out another brilliant throughball, this time into Griezmann, but he can’t work any space for a shot. He tees up Messi to his left and he takes the shot first time, but he ends up firing it high over the bar.

14′ Mingueza is back on the pitch now and the Barcelona defenders are knocking it around between themselves patiently as they try to find a way through Getafe, who have dropped deep.

12′ GETAFE ARE LEVEL! Getafe make the most of their man advantage, with Mingueza still off the field, and Cucurella links up well with Maksimovic down the left. He drills a great cross into the six-yard box and Angel flicks it onto Lenglet and there’s nothing he can do as it bounces off him and over the line. 1-1!

10′ Mingueza has gone down holding his knee after Kubo accidentally caught him with his studs as they both tried to reach Alena’s cross. He’s limping as he makes his way off the field and they’re waiting to make a decision on if he can carry on.

8′ Busquets is given so much time on the ball when he picks it up in midfield, which gives him time to get his head up and pick out the pass to Messi.

8′ MESSI SCORES! Busquets plays another long ball forward and Messi curves his run to stay onside. Chakla is trying to pull him back, but the captain stays on his feet to carry it into the box before curling his shot over Soria and into the far side of the net. 1-0 Barca! 

6′ Pedri’s loose pass is picked off by Iglesias and he’s making a driving run towards the box when he’s blocked off by Lenglet, which earns the defender an early booking.

4′ OFF THE BAR! Griezmann gets the better of Suarez and turns him to square it to Messi on the edge of the box. He isn’t closed down and he fires a powerful shot on goal which beats Soria. It bounces off the crossbar, onto the goal line and back out, much to the keeper’s relief.

2′ Busquets spins away from Maksimovic before trying to get Griezmann in behind with an early throughball down the left. He gets ahead of Iglesias, but Soria is alert and quickly out of his box to sweep it clear.

1′ Angel gets the game underway for Getafe!

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

Barcelona lost 1-0 against Getafe in the reverse fixture this season – they’ve never lost both league games against them in a single campaign.

Jose Bordalas makes six changes to his team after their draw with Real Madrid last time out, with only Soria, Dakonam, Maksimovic, Alena and Cucurella retaining their places. Top scorer Mata starts on the bench.

Just the one change for Ronald Koeman’s side from the Copa del Rey final on Saturday as Roberto is brought into the starting line-up for Dest, who drops to the bench.

GETAFE SUBS: Josete Miranda, Dario Poveda, Francisco Portillo, Xabier Etxeita, Koffi, Enes Unal, Mauro Arambarri, Mamor Niang, Jaime Mata, Ruben Yanez, Sabit Abdulai, David Timor.

GETAFE STARTING XI (4-4-2): David Soria; Juan Iglesias, Djene Dakonam, Sofian Chakla, Chema Rodriguez; Damian Suarez, Nemanja Maksimovic, Carles Alena, Marc Cucurella; Takefusa Kubo, Angel Rodriguez.

BARCELONA SUBS: Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo, Ilaix Moriba, Matheus Fernandes, Miralem Pjanic, Trincao, Inaki Pena, Riqui Puig, Arnau Tenas, Konrad De la Fuente, Sergino Dest, Junior Firpo.

BARCELONA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Pedri.

Barcelona have been constantly in the news this week after the announcement of the European Super League, and have expressed their continued support for it earlier today. In their first game since that, they have a chance to leapfrog Sevilla back into third with a win, coming into today on the back of winning the Copa del Rey and have lost just one of their last 11 in all competitions, though that came in their last league game. They face a struggling Getafe, who have won just one of their previous 13 matches and are winless in their last six (D4 L2), failing to score in four in that run.

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