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Feb 15, 2020 at 3pm UK at Camp Nou
Attendance: 80,409
Barcelona
2-1
Getafe
Griezmann (33'), Roberto (39')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Rodriguez (66')

Result: Barcelona keep up pressure on Real Madrid with Getafe win

Result: Barcelona keep up pressure on Real Madrid with Getafe win
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Barcelona held on to take all three points against Getafe.

Barcelona survived a second-half Getafe fightback to secure a 2-1 win and ramp up the pressure on rivals Real Madrid.

Antoine Griezmann ended his LaLiga scoring drought with 33 minutes gone at the Nou Camp, before Sergi Roberto doubled the home side's advantage just six minutes later to leave Getafe facing an uphill task.

Substitute Angel Rodriguez pulled one back for the visitors shortly after the hour mark, and he then had an effort clawed off the line by goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

But, despite a nervy end, Quique Setien's side managed to see out the match to move level on points with Real at the top of the table. Zinedine Zidane's men host Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Getafe have been the surprise package this season and headed into Saturday's encounter just one place behind their opponents following a run of four successive wins.

The visitors thought they had opened the scoring midway through the opening period when Allan Nyom followed up Jorge Molina's saved header to score past Ter Stegen.

But following a VAR review, the strike was chalked off after Nyom was adjudged to have fouled Samuel Umtiti in the build-up.

Antoine Griezmann scored his first league goal of the year against Getafe
Antoine Griezmann scored his first league goal of the year against Getafe (G.Garin/AP)

With 12 minutes remaining until the interval, Griezmann put the home side in front.

Lionel Messi's perfect pass found the former Atletico Madrid striker, who made no mistake with his finish, clipping the ball over Getafe keeper David Soria, to score in the league for the first time since netting in a 4-1 win against Alaves on December 21.

Barcelona appeared to have all-but killed the game after 39 minutes when Roberto scored just the second league goal of his career.

Roberto, whose only other league strike for Barca came in a 2-0 home win against Real Betis in August 2017, converted at the back post following Junior Firpo's cross.

It marked Barcelona's eighth league goal of the Setien era, and remarkably it was the first which Messi had played no part, either by scoring or laying on an assist.

Getafe boss Jose Bordalas introduced Rodriguez shortly after the break, and the substitute was soon on the scoresheet when he volleyed home Jaime Mata's cross with 66 minutes on the clock.

Moments later, Rodriguez, who has scored eight league goals as a substitute this term, provided the hosts with a real fright when his flicked-shot was stopped by Ter Stegen, who then prevented Mata from netting the rebound.

Setien's side were on the ropes but they did enough to take all three points and retain hope of defending their LaLiga title.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid33228361214074
2Barcelona33217574353970
3Atletico MadridAtletico331514443251859
4Sevilla331512648331557
5Villarreal331661153401354
6Getafe331410942311152
7Real Sociedad33155135042850
8Athletic Bilbao331212938281048
9Granada33137134038246
10Valencia331210114148-746
11Osasuna331111114047-744
12Levante33126154146-542
13Real Betis33910144354-1137
14Real Valladolid33715112737-1036
15AlavesAlaves3398163250-1835
16EibarEibar3398163450-1635
17Celta Vigo33713133242-1034
18Mallorca3385203556-2129
19Leganes33510182449-2525
20Espanyol3359192753-2624

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