Barcelona were hoping to get back to winning ways when they tackled Getafe on Thursday night after their El Clasico defeat. However, the Blaugrana captain pulled up some magical moments by netting a brace and providing an assist. Messi even left the last-minute penalty kick for Griezmann to add his name to the scoresheet. Lionel Messi and Barcelona are still very much in the title race with 7 games left to play.
Ronald Koeman missed a few chances to score more goals in the opening half but managed to score three thanks to Messi's brace and an own goal. Clement Lenglet had the home side drew level after scoring an own goal before Barcelona increased the gap to two.
Getafe had a penalty appeal approved by the referee after Araujo had brought down Getafe's player in the box. The visitors converted from the spot before the victim scored from a corner when Araujo rose high to steer Messi's corner into the net.
Messi and Griezmann exchanged a few passes before the latter was caught in the box. Messi, who was chasing his hat-trick was selfless as he allowed the Frenchman to score.
Barcelona are now above Sevilla with a win, two points behind Real Madrid and 5 points below Diego Simeone's side but with a game in hand. A visit to La Ceramica awaits the Blaugrana while Huesca will welcome Getafe.
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