It wasn't pretty for Barcelona at times, but they have got the job done. The win at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez means that the Catalans have now extended their lead at the top of La Liga to five points after Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid dropped points earlier in the day.
- 2nd Half
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- 1st Half
Getafe CF - FC Barcelona
Liga - 7 January 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Getafe 1-2 Barcelona
Is there one last chance left in this match for Getafe? They have struggled in the last 10 minutes or so. They sling a cross into the box, but the Barcelona defence deals with it.
Coutinho was free! That was a chance for Barcelona to wrap things up in stoppage time. Coutinho was free out on the left side, but Suarez was selfish and ignored the Brazilian on the edge of the box.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Dembele gave Barcelona an outlet on the counter attack. That was crucial, but now with the Frenchman off and Coutinho on in his place Barca might find things a bit congested.
- OffArthurFC Barcelona
- OnCarles AleñaFC Barcelona
And now Barcelona make their third and final change with Alena coming on for the last few minutes.
Time is running out for Getafe if they are to find an equaliser. They have probably been the better team in this second half, but there is a sense that they might have run out of steam.
- OffPortilloGetafe CF
- OnRobert IbañezGetafe CF
A third and final change from Getafe and Ibanez comes on for the last five minutes.
- OffOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
- OnPhilippe CoutinhoFC Barcelona
As expected, Coutinho comes on. What is more surprising is that Dembele is the one coming off.
Big save! Messi creates the space for the shot 20 yards out, there was power behind the strike, but Soria was equal to it and made the save, pushing it away from the goal as well.
It looks like Coutinho might be about to come on for Barcelona. It's a year since the Brazilian made the move to Camp Nou from Liverpool, but he has since fallen out of favour.
Between Arthur and Busquets, Barcelona are trying to pass out this game. They are suffocating Getafe, who all of a sudden are struggling to get the ball down and move it forward.
The introduction of Busquets off the bench has made an impact for Barcelona. Getafe are no longer cutting through the Catalans as they were when Vidal was on the pitch.
Messi is now tracking back to help out his team. That is a sign that the Argentinian feels that he should have ended this game as a contest just moments ago when he was clean through.
Messi was through! That was a chance for Barcelona to restore their two-goal cushion, but Soria makes the save to deny Messi. Was he tripped by Djene as he went for the rebound?
Barcelona look quite nervous at the back. This second half has been a real fight for the Catalans. Pique looks on edge and Getafe are making the most of that vulnerability.
- OffÁngelGetafe CF
- OnSamu SáizGetafe CF
Saiz comes on for Getafe. He will give the home side energy as they chase down an equaliser.
There's a real edge to this match and that has added to the spectacle in this second half. Getafe are going toe to toe with Barcelona in every way and it is making for a real contest.
Now Djene wins a battle with Suarez. The Barcelona striker looks aghast that the referee has blown up a foul against him, but he couldn't better Djene for strength in the box.
- OffArturo VidalFC Barcelona
- OnSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
Indeed, Busquets comes on for Barcelona. Vidal is the one to make way for the Catalans.
- Yellow cardLeandro CabreraGetafe CF
Cabrera swipes at Suarez and the Getafe defender is shown the yellow card. That was a wild one.
Barcelona are hanging on here. They should have been pegged back there. What an opportunity that was for Getafe to level things. The net was gaping. It should be 2-2 here.
An absolute sitter! You need to see this. Mata has just missed an open goal, the chance to equalise for Getafe. He rounded Ter Stegen and then skewed his shot high and wide. Wow.
Surely Valverde is thinking about making a change? Barcelona are in a fight here. They could use someone to shore things up in the middle of the pitch. Is Busquets fit enough?
- Yellow cardArturo VidalFC Barcelona
Vidal is the latest player to enter the referee's book for bringing down Arambarri.
Over the target! There's a sense of anticipation around the Coliseum as Messi lines up the freekick, but the Barcelona number 10 puts his strike high and wide of the Getafe goal.
- Yellow cardDamián SuárezGetafe CF
Suarez, of the Damian variety, is shown a yellow card for barging Messi over 20 yards out.
This has been the match of the day in La Liga today. Getafe are making a real fight of this and Barcelona look rattled. The final 30 minutes of this game will be quite the spectacle.
What a save! Ter Stegen has prevented Getafe from levelling things! Cabrera had the run on the ball from the corner kick, but the Barca goalkeeper pushes over his bullet header!
Protests! The Getafe players are up in arms. They believe that Alba used his arm to control the ball. Of course, the Barcelona left back is already on a yellow. They wanted a second one.
- OffDimitri FoulquierGetafe CF
- OnJorge MolinaGetafe CF
Molina comes on for Getafe, replacing Foulquier. The home fans give him a good reception.
Djene has done such a good job of keeping Dembele quiet. So many dive in on the Frenchman, but the Getafe defender hasn't done that. He has had the better of Dembele.
Messi on goal! A terrible clearance from Antunes presents the Barcelona number 10 with a shooting opportunity 12 yards out, but his powerful strike is straight at Soria! That was a chance.
It's Getafe who are taking the game to Barcelona at the start of the second half. This match has ebbed and flowed in so many different ways, and we're only 52 minutes in!
The work rate of this Getafe team is exceptional and their pressing game is causing Barcelona some problems. That's what forced Ter Stegen into that poor clearance moments ago.
Across the face! What an opportunity for Getafe to draw level. Ter Stegen's scooped clearance presented Foulquier with the ball. He played through Angel, but his shot flashes across the face of goal.
In case you missed Getafe's goal...
It wasn't a vintage performance from Barcelona in the first half, but their individual quality saw them establish a two-goal cushion. Messi and Suarez showed their brilliance.
That late Getafe goal at the end of the first half gave this match a new dynamic. Barcelona looked to be in control of things, but the home side will believe they can fight back.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Barcelona have a 2-1 lead over Getafe.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Getafe 1-2 Barcelona. Messi and Suarez's goals give the Catalans the lead at the interval. However, that goal from Mata means that we still have a game on our hands.
This has been an entertaining first half. Barcelona have been the better side on the whole and they deserve to be ahead, but Getafe have a certain quality that means you can't rule them out.
- GoalJaime MataGetafe CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Getafe 1 (43 mins - Jaime Mata) Barcelona 2. Getafe have given themselves a lifeline right before the break! Antunes' cross from the left side was a beauty, the ball was then squared by Angel for Mata to finish from close range! The home side are back in this match! Game on.
Getafe strike the post! It's just not their night so far! Arambarri gets on the end of a cross into the box, it bounces off Arthur, but comes off the base of the Barcelona post! So close.
What a ridiculous finish that was from Suarez. That just illustrates the quality that Barcelona have. First, Messi. And now, Suarez. It's no wonder they're frontrunners at the top of La Liga.
- GoalLuis SuárezFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Getafe 0 Barcelona 2 (39 mins - Luis Suarez). What a volley from Suarez! Incredible technique from the Barcelona striker! Getafe partially cleared a freekick into the box, but Suarez met the ball on the full volley, lashing home into the back of the net. Soria stood no chance with that one!
Some of these tackles from the Getafe players are getting a bit rough. The Barcelona players are complaining to the referee, who needs to stop things from bubbling over.
This is the brilliance of Barcelona. Getafe took the game to the Catalans in the opening 20 minutes, but now they have the lead and it's difficult to envisage how the hosts will get back into things.
One of the things about this game that suits Barcelona is the playing surface. It's a bowling green of a pitch and of course that is perfect for Barca's trademark passing game.
What is rather interesting about this strategy from Barcelona is that Dembele is playing centrally. Of course, he is a winger by trade, but the Frenchman is almost playing as a number 10.
Barcelona now have Getafe pinned back in their own half. In their own box at times! The goal has completely changed the dynamic of this match and now you can see Barca running away with this.
Getafe have one of the best defensive records in all of European football this season, but they have only scored eight times in eight home games in La Liga. Worrying for them.
Suarez... just wide! That was typical Suarez. The way he turned, the way he lined up the shot from about 16 yards out and the way he guided the shot towards the far post. Just wide.
Alba is enjoying a lot of freedom down the left side. That has been key in changing the dynamic of this game in the past 10 minutes or so. He is giving Barcelona an outlet down the wing.
Getafe have fallen out of the game since the opener for Barcelona. They have been hit hard by that goal and just need to gather themselves, otherwise they could be left behind very quickly.
Pique denied! That should have been a second goal for Barcelona. Messi played Alba to the byline, who cut the pass back for Pique, but the defender shoots straight at Soria in goal!
Suarez denied! That could have been a second goal for Barcelona, but the striker is denied at the near post by Soria in the Getafe goal. Barca have all of a sudden woken up.
Getafe will feel hard done by that they are trailing after the start they made to this match. But that is the danger that comes with facing a team like Barcelona, and a player like Messi.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Getafe 0 Barcelona 1 (20 mins - Lionel Messi). It has come somewhat against the run of play, but Barcelona have taken the lead! Messi pounced on a bouncing ball in the Getafe box, squeezin the ball through the goalkeeper's legs before finishing into the back of the net from a tight angle.
Ter Stegen is down! What an atrocious back pass that was for the Barcelona goalkeeper to deal with. He took it on his chest and cleared, but Angel went in high on the German. He's down.
Barcelona's early possession silenced the home crowd at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, but they have since found their voice as Getafe take the game to the Spanish champions.
- Yellow cardDimitri FoulquierGetafe CF
And now Foulquier is shown a yellow card as well. Not entirely sure what that was for, to be honest.
- Yellow cardJordi AlbaFC Barcelona
Alba enters the book. He's trying to imply that he was struck in the face by the Getafe player.
Barcelona are rattled. They do not look comfortable out there against a Getafe side that backs itself. The home team are on top at the moment. They look most likely to grab the opener right now.
- Yellow cardArthurFC Barcelona
Arthur becomes the first player to enter the book, with the midfielder throwing an arm into Antunes.
Barcelona haven't been allowed to get their attacking players into the game yet. Have we mentioned Messi's name yet? Suarez has also been quiet for the Catalans early on.
As the last five minutes have demonstrated, this won't be an easy game for Barcelona. Getafe are a solid side. They also like to play football. They can cause teams problems.
Barcelona got lucky there! The referee saw a foul on Lenglet from Angel as the cross from Antunes came into the box, but there was very little in that. Getafe are still arguing. Controversial.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! It's ruled out for offside. Getafe believe that they have taken the lead, but Mata's strike is chalked off. The referee says it was a foul in the box.
Getafe counter attack! The home side come flying forward on the break, with Mata playing the cross into the box. But on the volley sends his effort well over the crossbar.
Dembele goes down! The referee has a decision to make, with the French winger going down inside the Getafe box. But the claims were half-hearted and the referee waves play on.
As you might expect, Barcelona have taken a grip of the match ealy on. It's the Catalans who are dominating the ball, although Getafe are sitting deep and inviting pressure on top of themselves.
Umtiti is still struggling with injury and so Lenglet starts at the back alongside Pique. The former Sevilla defender has yet to truly make an impression at Barca since joining in the summer.
Getafe have been one of the overachievers in La Liga this season. They do have the quality, and the confidence, to trouble a team like Barcelona. This could be a good one.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Getafe against Barcelona in this La Liga fixture.
Okay, here we go. About to get started. Kick off is just seconds away at the Coliseum.
It's a strong team selection from Barcelona. Dembele has earned the faith of Valverde in recent weeks and keeps his place in the side.
Not long until kick off at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Barcelona are the favourites, but don't write off Getafe.
TEAM NEWS: Getafe - Soria, Suarez, Dakonam, Cabrera, Antunes, Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo, Angel, Mata. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Arthur, Rakitic, Vidal, Messi, Suarez, Dembele.
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