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Getafe 2-5 Barcelona

Barcelona forward Pedro completing his hat-trick against Getafe

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.

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.

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.

Line-ups

Getafe

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Moyá
  • 20Valera
  • 18Escudero
  • 24MosqueraBooked at 45mins
  • 4LópezBooked at 70mins
  • 2Ruano DelgadoBooked at 85mins
  • 14Sánchez Gil
  • 23Fernández FernándezBooked at 84mins
  • 9MaricaSubstituted forColungaat 60'minutes
  • 7LafitaSubstituted forGavilánat 80'minutes
  • 17CastroSubstituted forSarabiaat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lacen
  • 8Sarabia
  • 10Gavilán
  • 11Colunga
  • 13Codina
  • 15López Gómez
  • 21Madera

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 22Alves da SilvaBooked at 30mins
  • 18Alba
  • 16BusquetsBooked at 86minsSubstituted forBartraat 89'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 54mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 24Roberto Carnicer
  • 8Iniesta
  • 4FábregasSubstituted forSongat 86'minutes
  • 9Sánchez
  • 7PedroSubstituted forTelloat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Montoya
  • 15Bartra
  • 17Song
  • 20Tello
  • 21Correia
  • 25Olazábal Paredes
  • 29Dongou
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
9,563

Match Stats

Home TeamGetafeAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home26
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Getafe 2, Barcelona 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Getafe 2, Barcelona 5.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Getafe).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Marc Bartra replaces Sergio Busquets.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Francesc Fábregas.

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alexis (Getafe).

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Borja (Getafe).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jaime Gavilán (Getafe).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 22nd December 2013

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