First half goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helped Barcelona pick up a closely-contested 2-1 win at Getafe on Sunday night. The hard-fought victory combined with Atletico Madrid’s stalemate with Sevilla has opened up a five-point lead for the defending champions at the top of La Liga table.

Here are three things we learned from Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Getafe on Sunday night.

3. A Gritty Barcelona

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Under Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona have evolved into a more resolute unit, and last night, their newfound doggedness was, once again, on full display. Truth be told, the Blaugrana were not at their commanding best at Getafe and found themselves on the back foot for the majority of the first-half. 

Barcelona realised their shortcomings quicker than expected and bolstered their defence without compromising with their attacking flamboyance. They countered Getafe physicality with their cleverness in the final-third, putting the pressure back on the hosts. 

2. Getafe’s Commendable Display

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Barcelona went into the match as outright favourites and were expected to come out with a comfortable win. The hosts did superbly to contain Barcelona for the majority of the tie, and could have even gotten more than they got had they been a little more clinical in front of goal. 

Jaime Mata scored Getafe’s only goal on Sunday night just before the break and would have doubled his tally in the 65th-minute if he had shown the composure to slot his effort inside the open goal. 

1. Messi Delivers, Again

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It’s getting really predictable at this point. The one man who always comes through for Barcelona once again produced a stellar performance on Sunday night. The goal he scored, his 16th this campaign, reflected the Argentinian’s unmatched composure, while his passing and movement showed how much he’s evolved as a player. 

He was all over the Getafe pitch, last night, and would’ve doubled his spoils if it weren’t for goalkeeper, David Soria’s understated brilliance. 

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