Result: Jaime Mata scores winner as Getafe overcome Barcelona

    Jaime Mata scored the only goal of the game as Ronald Koeman’s side failed to capitalise on Real Madrid’s home loss to Cadiz.

    Barcelona missed out on the possibility to go top of LaLiga after slipping to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Getafe.

    Jaime Mata scored the only goal from the penalty spot early in the second half which sufficed to raise Getafe as much as second, level on points with leaders Real Madrid, who were beaten at home by Cadiz earlier on Saturday.

    Lionel Messi struck a post for Barca in the first half, however it was a discouraging night for the Catalans and Getafe also struck the woodwork in the closing phases.

    Jaime Mata’s penalty settled the contest for Getafe (Manu Fernandez/AP)

    Barca’s first defeat of the season under head coach Ronald Koeman leaves them ninth in the table, 3 points adrift of Madrid with a game in hand.

    Getafe midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic required Barcelona goalkeeper Neto into a conserve and Messi struck a post with a low curling effort.

    However first-half possibilities were scarce. Antoine Griezmann blazed over the crossbar having actually been released by teen Pedri and Clement Lenglet failed to reach Messi’s exceptional cross.

    Barca controlled possession, however were under consistent pressure as Getafe hustled and harried them out of their stride.

    Lionel Messi might not assist Barcelona prevent a surprise defeat at Getafe (Manu Fernandez/AP)

    The pattern continued in the second half as Messi sought to manage by falling much deeper, however it was the hosts who broke the deadlock through Mata’s penalty in the 56th minute.

    Getafe defender Djene Dakonam was adjudged to have actually been fouled by Frenkie de Jong and Mata coolly transformed into the bottom corner.

    Ansu Fati fired off target from outside the area as Barca went after an equaliser, however Getafe threatened once again on the break when Marc Cucurella‘s shot was well conserved by Neto.

    The host went even better soon after as Cucho Hernandez burst clear and fired against the crossbar and regardless of 6 minutes of added time, Barca might not find a way back.


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