FULL-TIME, Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: The first match of Barça’s season might very well turn out to be the worst, and the entire match was truly unwatchable, apart from a few moments of brilliance by Lamine Yamal. Barça get a point on the road playing with 10 men, but even that can’t be taken as a positive. This was ugly, in every sense of the word.
70’ RED CARD: Barça manager Xavi Hernández is also sent off with a straight red card.
57’ RED CARD! Getafe are also down to 10 men as Jaime Mata is shown a second yellow for a foul on Ronald Araujo and hits the showers early.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: Back underway in Madrid!
HALFTIME, Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: Getafe had zero interest in playing a football match and tried to be as ugly and dirty as possible against Barça. Not only did they succeed in not allowing a goal with their disgusting tactics, but they caused a Barça player to lose his head and the Catalans find themselves down to 10 men going into the second half. A very frustrating game so far. Can Barça somehow get a win out of this?
42’ RED CARD: Barcelona are down to 10 men as Raphinha is given a straight red for throwing an elbow at Getafe left-back Gastón Álvarez. It was a stupid decision and a deserved sending off for the Brazilian.
KICKOFF! Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Madrid for a new Barcelona season! Let’s do this, boys!
WELCOME TO THE COLISEUM ALFONSO PÉREZ!!! The cozy home of Getafe in the Spanish capital is the site of the first match of the La Liga season for the hosts and for defending champions Barcelona, who begin the new campaign with a tough away match in one of the most hostile environments in the country. Barça come into this one after a subpar preseason and amid plenty of transfer uncertainty, but are still favorites to get all three points against a very difficult opponent. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Romeu, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gündogan (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Astralaga (GK), Eric, Roberto, Casadó, Gavi, Fermín, Abde, Yamal, Fati, Ferran
Starting XI: Soria; Suárez, Mitrovic, Duarte, Álvarez; Iglesias, Djené, Maksimovic, Aleñá; Latasa, Mata (4-4-2)
Substitutes: Fuzato (GK), Benito (GK), Angileri, Rivera, García, Portu, Lozano, Mayoral
Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 1
Date/Time: Sunday, August 13, 2023, 9.30pm CET (Barcelona), 8.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 1am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Madrid, Spain
Referee: César Soto Grado
VAR: Javier Iglesias Villanueva
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), TSN3 (Canada), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), ITV 4, Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), Not Available (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!