Getafe 1-0 Barcelona: Ronald Koeman’s title hopefuls fall to shock slip-up of their own with Jaime Mata’s spot kick condemning them to first defeat under new head coach
- Barcelona were unable to capitalise on title rivals Real Madrid’s shock slip-up
- Ronald Koeman’s men had fallen to a surprise defeat of their own against Getafe
- Jaime Mata condemned them to their first defeat under Koeman with a penalty
Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona project hit its first bump in the road with a 1-0 defeat to Getafe.
Having watched Real Madrid fall flat against Cadiz they wasted their chance to draw level with them in La Liga and there will once again be more questions than answers about their prospects this season.
They dominated the first half but a Lionel Messi shot came back off the post and Antoine Griezmann blazed over when put through by the impressive Pedri.
Barcelona were unable to capitalise on Real Madrid’s slip-up after falling to defeat at Getafe
Jaime Mata was mobbed by his team-mates after capping off a strong showing with a penalty
Those misses allowed Getafe to stay in the game and when Frenkie de Jong was adjudged to have fouled Djene in the area Jaime Mata stepped up to send Neto the wrong way.
‘I don’t know if we had VAR at the game tonight,’ grumbled Koeman.
And it was true Allan Nyom might have been sent off for a first half elbow on Messi that was punished only with a free-kick, but Getafe worked hard for the three points and their first win at home to Barcelona since 2011.
Koeman shuffled his pack pre-game bringing in 17-year-old Pedri for Philippe Coutinho and starting with Ousmane Dembele instead of Ansu Fati.
The Getafe forward made no mistake from 12 yards after Frenkie de Jong’s foul inside the box
Pedri more than justified his call-up with a superb first 45 minutes. First he was the architect of a move that ended with Messi hitting the post, then he sent Griezmann clear.
The French forward has complained about being stuck out on the wing – here he was in a central position with only the keeper to beat but he put the ball in the stand behind the goal.
‘Pedri has shown tonight that he has the quality to play for Barcelona,’ said Koeman, who had words at the end of the game with his opposite number Pepe Bordalas.
‘I told him that their number 12 [Nyom] had shown disrespect to me,’ he said. ‘I am not going to tell you what he said to me.’
Ronald Koeman was forced to experience defeat as Barcelona’s head coach for the first time
Bordalas responded after the game: ‘I doubt that a player of mine would have done that and that is what I told Ronald.’
Asked about Nyom getting away with the flailing arm on Messi he said: “I think Sergio Roberto was let off a second yellow card. I also think the game had too many cards.’
Getafe defender Erick Cabaco added: ‘None of us are saints out on the pitch but Nyom is an excellent person and a great team-mate.’
Barcelona lost their way after the restart and Getafe might easily have extended their lead. First Cucho Hernandez raced onto Enes Unal’s ball over the top and sent his shot on to the crossbar.
Barcelona made a host of attacking chances after falling behind but couldn’t find the equaliser
The former Watford forward then found himself completely clear with only Neto to beat but this time he blazed over.
He was disconsolate in the stands after being taken off perhaps fearing his misses would be costly but, even with the late introduction of Coutinho and Francisco Trincao they could not find a way through.
Bordalas’ nerves were shredded in injury time when Djene headed on to his own bar but the ball came back out into play and the home side held on for the points.
Having won their first two games of the season Barcelona have now taken one point from six and Real Madrid are on the horizon. The only consolation is that Madrid on the night were also beaten and looked in even worse form.