The connection of Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi took Barcelona out of trouble on Saturday, which beat Getafe in the Spanish League 2-1 with difficulty.
The French striker opened the scoring with a chopped shot, after being in front of goalkeeper David Soria thanks to a superb assistance of the Argentine star at 33. Sergi Roberto extended six minutes later with a flush shot, after a delayed diagonal of Ansu Fati.
Ángel Rodríguez cut for the Madrid team with his eighth goal of the contest entering exchange, with a shot at mid-height at 66.RELATED
The Catalans matched Real Madrid in 52 points, which leads by their best goal difference and will play their 24th day commitment on Sunday with the visit to Celta de Vigo.
Getafe, with a modest budget of no more than 60 million euros (65 million dollars), suffered its first setback after linking four wins in the course; remains in the 3rd position with 42 units, two more than Atlético de Madrid.
“In the end it has cost us much more and we have suffered, but it is good to suffer,” Griezmann said. “We’re enjoying working together (with Messi) and I’m sure this will be better.”
The compromise was complicated to Barsa when his rival raised the revolutions and threw over a pair of dangerous arrivals in the first 25 minutes.
The intervention of video arbitration (VAR) prevented the hosts from seeing down when referee Guillermo Cuadra annulled somewhat of the Franco-Cameroonian defender Allan Nyom, verifying that he committed a foul in a corner kick that gave rise to the goal at 23.
Messi turned off the dominance of the team in the south of Madrid when he leaked his sixth consecutive assistance in the league – two against Levante and three against Real Betis – so that Griezmann wore his eighth target of the course and first in five dates.
The intervention of video arbitration (VAR) prevented the hosts from seeing down when referee Guillermo Cuadra annulled somewhat of the Franco-Cameroonian defender Allan Nyom
The disadvantage hit the spirit of the team of coach José Bordalás and received a new setback in his defensive strength when Fati reached the bottom on the left, where he took a pass that sent Sergi Roberto networks.
Ángel Rodríguez entered the field and the third ball he touched sent him to the net with a shot at the center of Jaime Mata, which increased the visitor pressure in search of the equalizer.
The German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen returned to be a figure for the Catalans and avoided the draw with a providential rejection on the line to a shot of Mata at a corner kick at 72.
Coach Quique Setién achieved his second victory in 11 duels – seven losses, two draws – against Bordalás, with whom he has had a controversial relationship when questioning his style since they agreed in the second division in 2013.
Barsa suffered a new loss due to injury after the side Jordi Alba left the field at 22 for a discomfort in the right abductor. This season the Catalans have already lost the Uruguayan Luis Suarez and the Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé due to medical conditions.
Mallorca goes out of the pothole
Colombian striker Juan Camilo “Cucho” Hernández scored the goal with which Mallorca beat Alavés 1-0 and ended a three-game losing streak.
Mallorca is located in the 17th position with 21 units; Alavés is 14th with 27.