Getafe 1-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi scores as Barca go 5 clear at top

Barcelona moved five points clear on top of La Liga after a battling 2-1 sway Getafe on Sunday.

First-half objectives from Lionel Messi and also Luis Suarez proved enough yet Barca had to endure a screening 2nd half after Jaime Mata pulled a goal back just before the break.

The win sees Barca capitalise on Real Madrid's residence loss to Real Sociedad to relocate 10 factors free from their competitors, while second-placed Atletico Madrid additionally dropped points in a 1-1 draw away to Sevilla.

However while it wound up an outstanding day for the ruling champs, they did not have it all their own way at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

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Getafe were on top in the beginning, with Angel sending out a powerful volley over before Damian Suarez wanted a charge for a little shove from Sergi Roberto.

The hosts soon had the ball in the net, however Mata's initiative was questionably dismissed for a push on Clement Lenglet from Angel.

Messi then placed Barcelona in advance in the 20th minute. His first shot was saved but the Argentinian maintained running and tucked house the rebound from a tight angle - his 399th organization goal for Barcelona.

Minutes later on Luis Suarez was rejected by goalkeeper David Soria from a tight angle on the right.

The tide had actually transformed, and Soria got a strong hand on Gerard Pique's powerful close-range initiative from Messi's cut-back.

Luis Suarez after that made a beautiful count on tee up a shot but it was deflected simply wide, with his allures for a corner fruitless.

The second objective came 6 minutes before the break when Getafe just half-cleared Messi's free-kick and also Luis Suarez struck an outstanding battery from the edge of the area.

Moments later on, Arthur nearly put the sphere in his own web yet it struck the message.

Angel then sent a battery over but Getafe were back in it two mins prior to the break. Dembele desired a free-kick on the edge of the hosts' box however the referee waved use and also Getafe went straight to the other various end, where Angel pulled the round back for Mata to pack in.

That set up an interesting second half yet after some early chances it became a war of attrition.

Angel sent out a shot large on the stretch after a bad clearance from Ter Stegen prior to the goalkeeper made an outstanding save to keep out Leandro Cabrera's effective header from an edge.

Messi sent a free-kick over just after the hour, yet their failing to kill off the suit needs to have been punished in the 67th min when Mata rounded the goalkeeper yet, having done all the effort, he spooned his shot high as well as large - and Barcelona held on.

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