a small Barça overtakes Getafe and puts pressure on Real Madrid


Still leader of La Liga after their victory in the shock on the lawn of Atlético de Madrid (1-0), FC Barcelona had the opportunity to take off and put pressure on Real Madrid, who will move on the lawn of Athletic Bilbao, this Sunday evening (9 p.m.). But the Catalans had to do without their attacking leader, Lewandowski, still suspended. Raphinha, Dembélé and Fati were then lined up, ahead of the other trio Gavi, Pedri and Busquets, in midfield, in order to get ahead of the other Madrid club Getafe.

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From the start, Barça lacked concentration and were very close to being surprised by conceding a long shot from Mayoral, but Unal was offside at the start of the action (3rd). What relieve Xavi and his men, lacking inspiration at the start of the game. And that was not enough, since Alena, the ex-blaugrana, then missed his duel in front of Ter Stegen (32nd). But Barça seems inspired this season, in the Championship. Against the course of the game, Raphinha, on his left side, sent a cross into the area, perfectly concluded by Pedri to open the scoring (1-0, 35th).

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And even having done the hardest part, FC Barcelona was feverish and made silly mistakes, like Pedri’s loss of the ball in front of Mayoral. But once again, Ter Stegen was imperial (42nd). After the break, the pace slowed and Getafe began to seriously struggle to chase the ball. But Barça did not take the opportunity to drive the point home, Dembélé missing the target (59th).

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Enough to drive Xavi crazy on his bench, especially since Mayoral, very present this evening, still missed a great opportunity and could not find the frame either (75th). Finally, after another save from Ter Stegen (90th + 3), FC Barcelona pocketed the three points and are now ahead of Real Madrid with a six-point lead. Barça will have to continue their momentum by winning against Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup on Wednesday. For their part, the Azulones, 16th in La Liga, will have to relaunch against Real Betis, during the 19th day.

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