Barcelona still in with a chance

May 26, 2007

 After winning Saturday night’s clash with Getafe, FC Barcelona remains in the running for the league title with just 2 matches left to play.

The match was always going to be hard fought by both teams, with Barcelona looking to restore their honour after the Copa del Rey defeat, and Getafe trying to use that result to their advantage.

Ronaldinho scored in the third minute, but emotions were high for players and supporters alike, and when a series of unnecessarily hard tackles by Getafe went unpunished by the referee Barcelona began to respond in kind. This culminated in minute 40 with a red card for Ronaldinho.

The ref seemed to have lost control of the match after this incident and was booed off the pitch at half time. The second half was just as hard fought and although goalless the atmosphere in the Nou Camp was electric. With the final whistle Victor Valdes took the ball and kicked it as hard as he could into the Gol Sud stand, relieved as everyone else that the match was finally over.

In addition to Ronaldinho’s red card Barcelona received 4 yellows against while Getafe’s 5. There is no football next weekend, but after that Barcelona meet Espanyol at the Nou Camp.

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