Barca Stopped Against Getafe at Camp Nou

Barca Stopped Against  Getafe at Camp Nou
Barca Stopped Against  Getafe at Camp Nou

Barcelona was held to a second consecutive draw as Getafe left Camp Nou with a hard-earned 0-0 draw on Sunday.

For the first time since April 2012 El Clasico against Real Madrid, Barca failed to register a shot on target during the first half of a home game in LaLiga, although Luis Suarez did have a brilliant volley ruled out for offside, Beinsports reported.

Ernesto Valverde’s side belatedly shifted through the gears after halftime but it was not enough to breach some stubborn resistance from Pepe Bordalas’ visitors.

It means Atletico Madrid, which picked up a third consecutive victory at Malaga on Saturday, has trimmed Barcelona’s advantage at the summit to seven points.

If Diego Simeone’s men can make further inroads before the teams meet at Camp Nou on March 4, LaLiga might just have a title race as opposed to a procession this season.

Luis Suarez had twice been frustrated by the linesman’s flag by the time a correct offside call meant his fabulous 44th-minute volley on the end of Messi’s floated free-kick was chalked off, leaving the Uruguay star furious.

The flag stayed down in the 56th minute but there was further anguish for Luis Suarez on the end of Paco Alcacer’s clever flick when he slammed wide.

Guaita thrust out a left hand to keep out a more testing Coutinho attempt but Getafe’s response to Barcelona’s most enterprising spell of the match was impressive.

Gaku Shibasaki might have caught out Marc-Andre ter Stegen but lifted his shot off target when a counter-attack found the Barca goalkeeper in no-man’s land, while Vitorino Antunes flashed an ambitious volley over from a 62nd-minute corner.

Valverde responded by sending on Andres Iniesta and Ousmane Dembele in place of Coutinho and Alcacer.

Messi won a free-kick and sent the shot spiraling over – the fear for Getafe was that Bruno Gonzalez catching him in the face with a stray boot while he was on the floor might have made the great man angry.

Guaita stood up to a pair of testing Messi strikes and produced an acrobatic stoppage-time save to keep out a Luis Suarez header as Getafe held on for a deserved point.

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