Getafe have beaten Barcelona for the first time since 2011, and are well worth the win.
With leaders Real Madrid suffering a shock home defeat to Cádiz earlier, three points for Barça
would have seen Ronald Koeman‘s men leapfrog their arch-rivals on goal difference, a week ahead of the first
Clásico of the season.
Getafe have beaten Barcelona, Real Madrid and Barcelona will each head into the Clasico next weekend on the back of a defeat after La Liga’s
two title favorites were punished for slack performances on Saturday.
However, they were made to rue Antoine Griezmann’s glaring first-half miss as Jaime Mata’s 56th-minute
penalty gave the hosts a long-awaited victory over the Catalans.
Instead of Barça, therefore, it is Getafe who draw level on points with Madrid at the top of the table – and, in
truth, they might have ended up winning by a greater margin.
Cucho Hernández twice had major opportunities to double Los Azulones’ lead late on, but sent one against the
crossbar – via a crucial touch by Neto – before firing over when clean through on the Barça goalkeeper.
By contrast, Barça struggled to create clear-cut chances and – a Djené near-own goal aside – rarely seriously
threatened to recover from Mata’s opener.