Iniesta returns to Getafe defeat

September 14, 2009

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Leo Messi were the two goal scorers against Getafe on Saturday night, maintaining Barcelona’s position at the top of the league thanks to the fact that the team has yet to cede a goal – Real Madrid, Valencia and Athetico Bilbao are also all on 6 points.

The match marked the return of Andres Iniesta, returning after am injury sustained in the Champions League final and coming on just before the hour mark, received a standing ovations from the crowd.

Getafe is never a walkover and on Saturday they showed they were also there to win, with the home team producing two strong attacks in the first half hour that failed to make the net. However, Barça picked up their game and started looking as if they too were there to win – particularly at the end of the first half thanks to Ibramovic.

In the second half the team was refreshed with Iniesta and Messi, still reeling from Argentina’s poor performance. However, with Xavi and Pique piled on the pressure it was looking like Barcelona were going to score at any moment – and that moment came within minutes, when Ibramovic scored off an Abidal cross in the 66th minute.

While this seems to have revived Getafe’s determination, Iniesta almost put Barcelona 2 goals up in the 77th minute, but it wasn’t to be. However, a move from Alves, Ibramovic and Messi settled the match, with Messi heading the ball home in the 80th minute.

Next match: Inter Milan on Wednesday in Champions League

0-1 Ibrahimovic (min 66)
0-2 Messi (min 80)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona 2 2 0 0 5 0 6
2
Real Madrid 2 2 0 0 6 2 6
3
Valencia 2 2 0 0 6 2 6
4
Athletic Bilbao 2 2 0 0 2 0 6
5
Mallorca 2 1 1 0 3 1 4
6
Málaga 2 1 0 1 3 1 3
7
Getafe 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
8
Sevilla 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
9
Deportivo 2 1 0 1 3 3 3
10
Tenerife 2 1 0 1 2 2 3
11
Zaragoza 2 1 0 1 2 4 3
12
Sporting Gijón 2 1 0 1 1 3 3
13
Villarreal 2 0 2 0 2 2 2
14
Osasuna 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
15
Almería 2 0 1 1 0 1 1
16
Valladolid 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
17
Racing Santander 2 0 1 1 2 5 1
18
Atlético Madrid 2 0 1 1 1 4 1
19
Xerez 2 0 0 2 0 3 0
20
Espanyol 2 0 0 2 0 4 0

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