Spain international Pedro scored a nine-minute hat-trick as Barcelona overturned a two-goal deficit to lead La Liga going into the winter break.

Getafe led 2-0 inside the opening 15 minutes after Sergio Escudero drilled in after a neat one-two and Lisandro Lopez powered in a free header.

But Barca, without the injured Lionel Messi and suspended Neymar, led before half-time thanks to Pedro's treble.

Getafe omen for Barcelona?

Since Getafe reached the Spanish top-flight for the first time in 2004-05, Barcelona have been crowned league champions in each of the six seasons that they have previously won at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Cesc Fabregas scored twice more as the champions moved above Atletico Madrid.

Gerardo Martino's side knew they needed to beat eighth-placed Getafe with anything other than a 1-0 win to move back ahead of Atletico, who won 3-2 against Levante on Saturday, on goal difference.

The Spanish top-flight has a two-week mid-season break over the Christmas and New Year period, with La Liga clubs returning to action on 4 January.

While much of the pre-match focus concentrated on Barca's ability to cope without attacking duo Messi and Neymar, it was the away defence which was severely questioned in the opening stages at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

They went behind when Escudero exchanged passes with Angel Lafita before firing home from close range.

And four minutes later an unmarked Lisandro jumped above the Barca defence to nod in Pedro Leon's corner - leaving Barca coach Martino looking visibly shocked on the touchline.

But the Catalans' revival began as Pedro proved he could deliver in the absence of Messi and Neymar with trio of a clinical finishes.

Vote Pedro

Pedro is the first Barcelona player to have scored and/or created at least four goals in a La Liga game this season.

The winger raced on to Fabregas's pinpoint pass and then watched his chip have enough power to evade Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya's grasp.

Pedro then cut in from the left flank to curl an unstoppable shot into Moya's top corner from the edge of the area and, just two minutes later, collected Jordi Alba's cutback to calmly slot in his third.

Barcelona enjoyed a measure of control after the break before ending Getafe's unlikely ambitions of mounting their own fightback with the fourth goal.

A wonderful team move saw Sergio Busquets break on the counter attack, before finding the supporting Pedro whose right-wing cross was emphatically volleyed in by Fabregas.

And the ex-Arsenal player added another from the penalty spot after Pedro was clipped by Getafe midfielder Borja Fernandez.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Getafe

  • 01 Moyá
  • 20 Valera
  • 18 Escudero
  • 24 Mosquera Booked
  • 04 López Booked
  • 02 Ruano Delgado Booked
  • 14 Sánchez Gil
  • 23 Fernández Fernández Booked
  • 09 Marica (Colunga - 60' )
  • 07 Lafita (Gavilán - 80' )
  • 17 Castro (Sarabia - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Lacen
  • 08 Sarabia
  • 10 Gavilán
  • 11 Colunga
  • 13 Codina
  • 15 López Gómez
  • 21 Madera

Barcelona

  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 22 Dani Alves Booked
  • 18 Alba
  • 16 Busquets Booked (Bartra - 89' )
  • 03 Piqué Booked
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 24 Sergi
  • 08 Iniesta
  • 04 Fábregas (Song - 86' )
  • 09 Sánchez
  • 07 Pedro (Tello - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Montoya
  • 15 Bartra
  • 17 Song
  • 20 Tello
  • 21 Adriano
  • 25 Olazábal Paredes
  • 29 Dongou
Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Att: 9,563

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

2 7

Corners

7 1

Fouls

26 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Getafe 2, Barcelona 5.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Getafe 2, Barcelona 5.

90:00 +2:35

Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Cristian Tello is caught offside.

90:00 +1:34

Attempt missed. Pedro Mosquera (Getafe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:28

Attempt blocked. Pablo Sarabia (Getafe) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:48

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

89:31

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:31

Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Getafe).

88:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Marc Bartra replaces Sergio Busquets.

88:13

Offside, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.

85:28 Booking

Booking Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

85:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Francesc Fábregas.

84:37 Booking

Booking Alexis (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:31

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:31

Foul by Alexis (Getafe).

83:17 Booking

Booking Borja (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:13

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:13

Foul by Borja (Getafe).

80:27

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:27

Foul by Jaime Gavilán (Getafe).

79:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Cristian Tello replaces Pedro.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Getafe. Jaime Gavilán replaces Ángel Lafita.

78:46

Attempt missed. Alexis (Getafe) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

78:16

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

73:12

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:12

Foul by Pablo Sarabia (Getafe).

72:29

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

72:29

Pablo Sarabia (Getafe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 2, Barcelona 5. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

71:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Getafe. Pablo Sarabia replaces Diego Castro.

70:37

Penalty Barcelona. Pedro draws a foul in the penalty area.

70:37

Penalty conceded by Borja (Getafe) after a foul in the penalty area.

69:43 Booking

Booking Lisandro López (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:16

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:16

Foul by Lisandro López (Getafe).

68:40

Attempt missed. Pedro (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

67:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 2, Barcelona 4. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

64:34

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

63:34

Attempt missed. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

62:35

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:35

Foul by Ángel Lafita (Getafe).

61:26

Hand ball by Ángel Lafita (Getafe).

60:24

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:24

Foul by Sergio Escudero (Getafe).

59:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Getafe. Adrián Colunga replaces Ciprian Marica.

59:28

Attempt missed. Diego Castro (Getafe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Escudero with a through ball.

58:01

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:01

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

55:36

Attempt missed. Lisandro López (Getafe) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro León with a cross following a corner.

55:07

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

54:19

Attempt missed. Lisandro López (Getafe) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pedro León with a cross following a set piece situation.

53:39 Booking

Booking Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:21

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

53:21

Diego Castro (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:50

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:50

Foul by Juan Valera (Getafe).

52:11

Offside, Barcelona. Javier Mascherano tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

49:48

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

48:30

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:30

Foul by Sergio Escudero (Getafe).

47:44

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

46:49

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

46:49

Pedro Mosquera (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:21

Attempt missed. Diego Castro (Getafe) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro León.

45:00

Second Half begins Getafe 2, Barcelona 3.

45:00 +0:35 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Getafe 2, Barcelona 3.

44:43 Booking

Booking Pedro Mosquera (Getafe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:28

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:28

Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Getafe).

43:53

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:53

Ángel Lafita (Getafe).

42:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 2, Barcelona 3. Pedro (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

41:31

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:31

Foul by Ciprian Marica (Getafe).

40:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 2, Barcelona 2. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

38:10

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:10

Foul by Borja (Getafe).

37:27

Attempt missed. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dani Alves with a through ball.

35:06

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:06

Foul by Borja (Getafe).

33:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 2, Barcelona 1. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas with a through ball following a fast break.

31:33

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Pinto.

30:57

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

30:56

Attempt blocked. Pedro León (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:58 Booking

Booking Dani Alves (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:53

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

29:53

Ángel Lafita (Getafe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:02

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:02

Foul by Borja (Getafe).

23:14

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:14

Foul by Borja (Getafe).

20:47

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:47

Foul by Lisandro López (Getafe).

19:44

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:44

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

19:01

Offside, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

18:28

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

18:28

Diego Castro (Getafe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:24

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Alexis.

15:22

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:22

Foul by Sergio Escudero (Getafe).

14:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 2, Barcelona 0. Lisandro López (Getafe) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro León with a cross following a corner.

13:20

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

12:47

Attempt missed. Pedro León (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

9:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Getafe 1, Barcelona 0. Sergio Escudero (Getafe) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Lafita.

9:16

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:16

Foul by Diego Castro (Getafe).

8:33

Corner, Getafe. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

7:01

Offside, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

5:38

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

5:38

Borja (Getafe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:17

Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

3:34

Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

3:33

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:41

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:41

Foul by Lisandro López (Getafe).

2:19

Attempt saved. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

2:16

Attempt missed. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross following a set piece situation.

1:26

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:26

Foul by Sergio Escudero (Getafe).

0:51

Attempt missed. Ciprian Marica (Getafe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Mosquera following a fast break.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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