May 3, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
2-2
Getafe
Messi (23'), Sanchez (67')
Mascherano (36'), Alves (39'), Adriano (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Lafita (37', 92')
Lafita (42'), Gavilan (65')

Result: Angel Lafita double dents Barcelona title hopes

Barcelona's La Liga title ambitions take a huge blow thanks to a 2-2 draw at home to Getafe.

An Angel Lafita brace has all but ended Barcelona's La Liga title ambitions, having earned Getafe a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants now trail leaders Atletico Madrid by three points having played one game more, as the season edges towards its conclusion.

Getafe's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Getafe CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 3, 2014© Getty Images

Following a largely uneventful opening to the contest, Barcelona managed to make the breakthrough on 24 minutes with their first real opening.

Dani Alves charged down the right before rolling a low cross into the path of Lionel Messi, who arrowed the ball into the top corner.

The goal allowed the hosts to move up a gear, with Pedro driving into the Getafe area before attempting to find the bottom corner, though Julio Cesar managed to pull off a fine save to deny the winger.

Despite looking as though the hosts were going to add to their lead following the opener, Getafe hit back through Lafita to level the contest on 37 minutes.

The midfielder controlled a high ball inside the Barca box before striking home to make it 1-1.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Nou Camp on May 3, 2014© Getty Images

Alexis Sanchez came close to regaining his side's lead before the interval, but he failed to make the most of his opportunity inside the box and struck an effort wide of the post.

Barcelona upped the pressure in search of a second goal, and Sanchez came close to finding one when he hit the crossbar after being played in by Alves.

Gerardo Martino's side did manage to find a second, though, and it was from the boot of Sanchez who stroked home from close range after some good work by Pedro.

It looked as though Barcelona were going to hold out for the three points, until Lafita struck once more in the dying seconds with a header to ensure that Getafe left with a point.

Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team-mate Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis Balompie at Camp Nou on April 5, 2014
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