It was a tough yet exciting game as Barça beat Getafe 5-2 on their return to the Camp Nou. A game that provoked contrasting emotions, with the rhythm being very unstable. Nevertheless, it’s a vital 3 points for our La Liga title ambitions.
The first half was very good, as the hosts managed to break down Getafe’s low block relatively easily. Following the first scare for los azulones, that being Leo Messi’s effort finding the crossbar, Barça finally opened the scoring through a sensational pass from Sergio Busquets and a great finish from Leo. Just a few minutes later, Getafe equalised after Clement Lenglet scored an unfortunate own goal. Justice was restored a bit later as Getafe scored an own goal nearly identical to the miscommunication Piqué and Neto had in the reverse fixture. Lionel Messi continued his one-man show and completed a brace, and Barça were in dreamland going into the second half.
The second period was one to forget. Both sides refused to take any risks, and the visitors eventually cut Barca’s lead in half after Ronald Araújo brought down Enes Ünal, who then converted the penalty. The Uruguayan redeemed himself by scoring his second goal for Barcelona, and Griezmann completed the 5-2 victory via a penalty that he won himself.
Lionel Messi once again ran the show, leaving the opposition no chance. He later sacrificed his hat-trick, handing the penalty to Antoine Griezmann. A beautiful gesture from Leo. Sergio Busquets was obviously outstanding, always in the right place at the right moment. Pedri, on the other hand, seemed lost. He really looks burnt out, and a bit of rest would only favour him.
A great way to kick off our sprint to league glory. It was nowhere near our best games, but the job is done and the 3 points have been secured. That’s what matters right now. In a couple of days, we’ve got a trip to Villarreal, who will really test us.