Barça takes 3 points against Getafe

March 21, 2011

Over the course of the last few years fans from around the world have clamoured to adopt Barça as their own team – FC Barcelona was a guaranteed source of goals, emotions and aesthetics. Yet, during the last few matches it is also true that Barça had to learn a new skill; it had to learn how to suffer.

For instance, a couple of weeks ago during the second leg of the Champions League playoffs against Arsenal, after playing a marvellous match, Mascherano made an amazing intervention in the final minute when Bendtner was just about to score the second goal for the 2-3, which would have meant elimination for Barcelona. This weekend, in the Camp Nou, for the 29th round of the Spanish League, the story was pretty much the same.

FC Barcelona built another excellent performance, full of good passes, ball circulation and beauty.  Dani Alves scored an awesome goal (a superb half-volley) and Bojan, on his 100th Liga appearance, scored the second. But the final score line was 2-1 against a humble Getafe.  The final score doesn’t paint the complete picture of course, but we all know that football results are not logical, and Getafe could have drawn the match in the last minute. Reasons for that?

The first cause is the lack of effectiveness of the forwards, specifically Villa’s bad aim, and the fact that Messi also seems to have broken off his ‘friendship’ with the goal. But, it has to be said; Mr Muñiz Fernández (the referee) played his part in this story, as he did not see two clear penalties in the first half.  The final feeling is the FC Barcelona just has to put the finishing touches to it and close the matches earlier, so as to avoid this undeserved suffering.

FC Barcelona has also established a new record; 27 consecutive games without losing in the League, surpassing the record from the 1973/74 season (26).

As Real Madrid won its derby against Atletico, the gap between the two giants remains at five points.  It’s really a very useful difference to keep optimistic and face the challenging last part of the tournament, which includes a direct duel at the Bernabéu.

And the future is not only showing this duel for the Spanish League.  The Champions League draws conducted at UEFA offices last Friday established a possible semi-final involving these two same opponents who are already facing each other in the Copa del Rey final on April 20th.

1-0, Alves (min 16)
2-0, Bojan (min 49)
2-1, Manu (min 87)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
29
25
3
1
81
15
78
2
Real Madrid
29
23
4
2
69
21
73
3
Villarreal
29
16
6
7
48
30
54
4
Valencia
29
16
6
7
42
33
54
5
Espanyol
29
14
1
14
37
41
43
6
Athletic Bilbao
29
13
3
13
44
41
42
7
Sevilla
29
12
6
11
43
43
42
8
Atlético Madrid
29
11
6
12
42
39
39
9
Mallorca
29
11
5
13
30
38
38
10
Osasuna
29
9
8
12
34
33
35
11
Real Sociedad
29
11
2
16
39
48
35
12
Levante
29
10
5
14
30
39
35
13
Getafe
29
9
7
13
39
45
34
14
Racing Santander
29
8
9
12
28
43
33
15
Sporting Gijón
29
7
11
11
27
35
32
16
Deportivo
29
7
10
11
23
39
31
17
Zaragoza
29
7
9
13
28
40
30
18
Málaga
29
8
5
16
38
59
29
19
Almería
29
5
11
13
30
48
26
20
Hércules
29
7
5
17
25
47
26

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