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FC Barcelona 6-0 Getafe CF, 2016 La Liga: Match Review

A recap of the action from Barça's commanding win over Getafe.

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Barcelona, playing in front of a large home crowd, made easy work of Getafe, extending their La Liga lead to eleven points, at least until Atletico Madrid take on Deportivo La Coruña later today, and extending their unbeaten run to 37 games. Led by Lionel Messi with a goal and three assists, Barcelona put six past Getafe’s goalkeeper. The scoring parade was started when Juan Rodríguez put one past his goalkeeper and continued by Munir El Haddadi, Neymar, who scored twice, and Arda Turan.

Barcelona Getafe
Possession 70% 30%
Total Shots 17 6
Shots on Target 10 1
Corners 5
Fouls 7 12
Offsides 1
Yellow Cards 0
Red Cards 0 0

Luis Enrique started the match with a much changed eleven, leaving Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitić on the bench/stands. With Javier Mascherano suspended, Jeremy Mathieu started alongside Gerard Pique in defense, where Aleix Vidal also played in place of Dani Alves. In midfield Sergi Roberto and Arda Turan joined Andres Iniesta. Munir El Haddadi took the place of Suarez to form an attacking trio with Neymar and Messi.

The start to the game was slow, with Getafe, apart from the burst from the opening kickoff, focused on defense while Barcelona strung together numerous passes but struggled to find any open lanes in the defensive line. But that changed quickly as in the 8th minute Messi showed patience 20-yards from goal and found the rushing Jordi Alba on the left side. Alba cut the ball back in an attempt to find an open teammate. Instead, the ball was deflected by Rodríguez past goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and into the back of the net.

The very next Barcelona attack looked very similar, but Alba's cut-back this time found Neymar. The Brazilian continued with the ball and was brought down by Emiliano Velázquez for a yellow card and a penalty kick. Messi stepped up to take the kick and for the eight time this season a Barcelona penalty didn't result in a goal.

But so far this season a penalty miss hasn't cost Barcelona any points, and against Getafe it appeared that trend would continue as Barcelona looked exquisitely dominant against a shorthanded Getafe, after a rare week with no mid-week game. Numerous Barcelona players seemed to have an extra jump in their step, a step that was starting to get slower and slower after the grueling January and February schedule.

But this time around Barcelona players showed fantastic ball control, passes were accurate, the dribbles, especially Neymar's, were flashy, and the finishing was deadly - apart from the penalty kick. Despite missing the penalty and sending a free kick high under the sunny Barcelona sky, Messi wasn't discouraged and continued to be the fulcrum of Barcelona's attacks and was a key contributor on all of Barcelona's first half goals.

Barcelona doubled their lead in the 19th minute with the defense-carving pass coming from Andres Iniesta. The Barcelona captain sent and over the top pass right onto Messi's foot who first timed it in front of goal where Munir was in the perfect position to head the ball in. Barcelona came close again in the 30th minute when Iniesta found Gerard Pique on the doorstep, but his shot was deflected by the goalkeeper into the crossbar, denying Pique a goal.

But the save merely postponed Camp Nou celebrations for two minutes, as Neymar would join the scoresheet in the 32nd minute. Roberto stole the ball in midfield and quickly carried it forward. He then found Messi to his left and the Argentine sent a perfect through ball for Neymar who calmly slotted the ball inside the far post.

Barcelona would add another one before the halftime whistle, with Messi making amends for his penalty miss. The goal came after a lovely team move that included some magical touches from Messi and Neymar on the left side. A few passes later, Messi received the ball in the middle of the pitch, 25-yards from goal. After a brilliant turn to make easy work of the defender, Messi had enough space to power the ball on target and set the half-time score of 4-0.

Getafe tried to turn the table immediately after the restart, but more than a shot wide of target, their first shot overall, the Madrid-based club couldn't manage. Barcelona, on the other hand, came close to extending the lead in the 49th minute. Iniesta again brilliantly found Messi with a long pass into the heart of Getafe's penalty area. Isolated, Messi waited for support and found it in Arda, but the Turkish international couldn't send the ball on target.

Barcelona would indeed complete the manita in the 51st minute with Neymar completing the brace. Basically out of nothing, Messi created a one-on-one scoring chance for the Brazilian and while Neymar did miss some easy chances in recent games, he made no mistake this time, sending the ball past Guaita's left leg. But Barcelona would not stop there, adding their sixth of the match from a corner kick. The ball was sent in from the left side to the near post where Munir headed the ball to the middle where Pique extended the play with a rather poor touch. But it turned to be a perfect ball for Arda who with a bicycle kick added to the Barcelona lead.

Now in total and complete control, Barcelona stepped off the gas and started making substitutions. First, at the one hour mark, Luis Enrique made two, replacing Mathieu and Iniesta with Thomas Vermaelen and youngster Sergi Samper, for the latter this marked the La Liga debut. Eight minutes later, Pique was taken off and replaced by Marc Bartra. Just before Barcelona's third change, Getafe fired their first shot on target, but it was an easy save for Claudio Bravo. The very next minute, the visitors created their best scoring chance of the game, but substitute Moi Gomez just missed the target from a tough angle.

Barcelona continued to be the better team on the pitch, despite lowering their tempo of play, but on occasion Getafe did get into the danger areas. But getting shots on target remained a tough task for the visitors. When motivated, Barcelona easily found their way to Guaita, but those instances were few and far between in the dying stages of the game. Neymar, however, did have an excellent chance to complete the hat-trick. Of course, he was played behind the defense by Messi, but despite time and space, and a wide open Munir in the middle, Neymar fired of a poor shot, hitting Guaita in the right leg.

After a short period of added time, the referee whistled for full time with Barcelona running out deserved winners.

Roll Call:

Roll Call Info
Total comments 433
Total commenters 47
Commenter list AJKhan, AllAboutStyle, Anders Thomassen, Anirudh_Kul, Ashraf Arefin, AzBlaug, Barca4lif, BarcaGH, Daxterflames, Delano Heerkens, DevilWithin, ElasticFan, GreyGhostIniesta, Iniesta08, Messidependencia!!!, MrLegendary1, Patty Mills for three.. BANG, Rajesh1101s, Seanaly, Som-i-Serem, Steven Cordero, Swn.Culé, VarmaFCB, Willis1984, ZTAhmad, asherdgreat1, avyator, chrisolin65, craig00000, dewoul, dschslava, el_uruguayo, fcbMSN_10, folikolinhh, godnkls, henderick.mitchell, ikool, ilinkps, justjonathan90, knorkinator, messism, mickael2, mightyobie, no.imagination90, paddymac1111, syredeathtrooper, viralvariance
Story URLs
# Commenter # Comments
1 Anders Thomassen 68
2 justjonathan90 53
3 chrisolin65 42
4 BarcaGH 30
5 Delano Heerkens 21
6 craig00000 19
7 Steven Cordero 19
8 Daxterflames 18
9 dewoul 16
10 godnkls 13
11 AzBlaug 13
12 Som-i-Serem 10
13 Swn.Culé 9
14 syredeathtrooper 9
15 knorkinator 9
16 avyator 8
17 el_uruguayo 7
18 AJKhan 7
19 Ashraf Arefin 6
20 viralvariance 6
21 mightyobie 5
22 no.imagination90 5
23 GreyGhostIniesta 4
24 ZTAhmad 4
25 VarmaFCB 3
26 mickael2 3
27 ilinkps 2
28 Anirudh_Kul 2
29 asherdgreat1 2
30 ElasticFan 2
31 AllAboutStyle 2
32 Iniesta08 1
33 Patty Mills for three.. BANG 1
34 dschslava 1
35 MrLegendary1 1
36 messism 1
37 Barca4lif 1
38 ikool 1
39 Rajesh1101s 1
40 Willis1984 1
41 fcbMSN_10 1
42 Messidependencia!!! 1
43 folikolinhh 1
44 DevilWithin 1
45 Seanaly 1
46 henderick.mitchell 1
47 paddymac1111 1
# Recs Commenter Comment Link
7 chrisolin65 I actually want CR7 to win it
5 Som-i-Serem Throwback to this fixture last season.
3 no.imagination90 [no title]
3 syredeathtrooper Not really
3 Anders Thomassen Douglas showing all of his haters up
2 Steven Cordero Ahem.
2 chrisolin65 Ney should've scored that
1 Delano Heerkens Turan with some master skills
1 Anders Thomassen I still think it's overkill
1 viralvariance I don't know how Messi sees those angles
1 knorkinator Messi assist mood today
1 Steven Cordero Of course. I was speaking a bit tongue in cheek.
1 GreyGhostIniesta Replace the sword with a shoe
1 justjonathan90 True that.
1 AllAboutStyle Neymar does not want to pass to Munir
1 chrisolin65 He's the second best player of his generation
1 Som-i-Serem Leo's penalty spot is 15 yards further back from normal :blush:
1 Delano Heerkens Messi looks mad and motivated at the same time
1 craig00000 He is intelligent
1 AJKhan Good
1 Som-i-Serem Our next games after this are:
1 syredeathtrooper Don't understand why Suarez and Busquets get a break
1 Som-i-Serem Ot he could come on in the 80th min and get a cynical Yellow.
1 AzBlaug We don't bench the GOAT.
1 AzBlaug Where is that guy who said Alba's runs are useless?
1 Swn.Culé It's funny because we used to complain about not getting any penalties
1 el_uruguayo But kudos
1 Som-i-Serem *rested
1 godnkls Hard to give a second penalty in 15 minutes
1 BarcaGH lets score more guys
1 Anders Thomassen THE KID KEEPS GOING
1 Anders Thomassen Considering that it's created a penalty

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