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Barcelona 0-0 Getafe: Hosts fail to score in La Liga for first time this season

Barcelona were held to their second successive draw in La Liga as Getafe put in an impressive defensive display to grind out a 0-0 stalemate at the Nou Camp.
It was the first time this season that Barcelona failed to score in a La Liga game, despite Lionel Messi returning the starting line-up, as the hosts failed to register a shot on target in the first half.
The visitors, without captain Jorge Molina who was benched in favour of Gaku Shibasaki, were resolute in defence and played well on the break without really testing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Following Atletico Madrid's narrow victory over Malaga on Saturday, the draw sees Barcelona move seven points clear at the top of the table.

Player Ratings

Barcelona: Ter Stegen (6), Roberto (6), Mina (7), Digne (6), Alba (6), Alcacer (6), Rakitic (5), Busquets (5), Coutinho (6), Messi (6), Suarez (6).

Subs: Iniesta (5), Dembele (5), Paulinho (n/a)

Getafe: Guaita (8), D Suarez (7), Bruno (7), Dakonam (7), Antunes (7), Fajr (6), Arambarri (6), Portillo (6), Shibasaki (7), Diedhiou (6), Angel (6).

Subs: Flamini (n/a), Molina (n/a), Cabrera (n/a)

Man of the match: Gerard Pique
Despite a flush of fresh faces for the home side, Barca lacked intensity in front of goal but Luis Suarez had the ball in the back of the net just before half-time, only to be correctly ruled offside.
The La Liga champions looked a better side after the break and Philippe Coutinho came close to opening the scoring as his long-range effort was tipped wide by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
With Messi and Suarez not enjoying much joy in front of goal, the visitors began to look more dangerous on the break, with Angel beating the offside trap on a couple of occasions - shooting narrowly wide on the second.
Ousmane Dembele returned from injury and replaced Coutinho after the hour but could not break down the resolute defence.


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