Barcelona picked up an important three points and are now level on points with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after overcoming Getafe on Saturday.

Antoine Griezmann sent the Catalans ahead in the 34th minute with a cool finish with the outside of his left foot after being played in by an outstanding pass from Lionel Messi, while Sergi Roberto doubled Barca’s lead five minutes later.

Getafe pulled a goal back in the 66th with a stunning volley from striker Angel Rodriguez, who almost snatched an equaliser but was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who then prevented Jaime Mata netting on the rebound.

Here are 3 things we learned as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1.

3. Messi’s goal-drought continues

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has now gone four games without scoring in La Liga. The 2-0 defeat to Valencia (where he equalled his personal record of having 11 shots without scoring) was the start of things to come. His latest blank means that Messi has not scored in the league since netting the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Granada in the middle of January, a run stretching 374 minutes.

Despite this, Messi has still scored 14 goals in 19 games in the league and has had 31 shots (15 on target), while also registering 12 assists thus far, but with Luis Suarez ruled out until the end of the season, Barcelona will need their skipper to rediscover his scoring boots as soon as possible.

2. Ángel Rodríguez impresses at Camp Nou


Ángel Rodríguez could be a Barcelona player by the end of next week. That’s the only way to explain why the 32-year-old didn’t celebrate his brilliant goal to make it 2-1. Rodriguez has been one of the standout players for Getafe, scoring nine goals from just five starts to help them climb up the table. 

He made it 10 in the clash with Barcelona and rather remarkably, eight of those have come off the bench (nobody has more in Europe’s top five leagues). Getafe put on a brilliant fight, and were it not for an insane piece of goalkeeping from Marc-André ter Stegen, they might well have got something from the game.

1. Title race back on

Ansu Fati,Antoine Griezmann,Lionel Messi,Sergi Roberto

Last week’s victory at Real Betis and this one today have been massive for Barça in that regard and though they are still far from the finished article, Quique Setien’s plan for this team is slowly starting to take shape. However, Barca have their work cut out for them as Real Madrid do not look like they are going anywhere.

Both sides had been engaged in a tense battle at the top, level on points until the defeat to Valencia handed Madrid the initiative to take a three-point lead. With their latest victory, Barcelona moved level on points with the Los Blancos and since they are not in action until Sunday, it is looking highly likely that this season will go down to the wire.


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