MADRID: Barcelona fell to their first defeat in La Liga underneath new coach Ronald Koeman as they misplaced 1-Zero at Getafe on Saturday, hours after champions Actual Madrid slipped to a shock 1-Zero defeat at residence to promoted Cadiz.
Getafe ahead Jaime Mata despatched Barca goalkeeper Neto the improper approach from the penalty spot to attain the one purpose within the 56th minute after visiting midfielder Frenkie de Jong had been penalised for treading on Djene Dakonam’s foot.
The consequence left Barca ninth with seven factors after 4 video games, every week earlier than the ‘Clasico’ at residence to Madrid, who stay high on 10 factors having performed 5 matches. Getafe’s win places them degree on factors with the league leaders.
Koeman made a lot of modifications to the Barcelona facet who had drawn 0-Zero at residence to Sevilla of their final outing, handing first begins of the season to new arrival Sergino Dest at full again, teenage winger Pedri and ahead Ousmane Dembele.
Barca had performed nicely within the first half and virtually took the lead when Lionel Messi thumped a shot in opposition to the put up, whereas Antoine Griezmann missed a good clearer probability earlier than halftime, blazing over when via on purpose unchallenged.
Getafe defended nicely and will have scored no less than as soon as extra via Colombian Cucho Hernandez, who struck the bar and some minutes later raced clear on the counter-attack with solely Neto to beat however shot excessive into the empty stand behind the purpose.
Getafe’s former Barca participant Marc Cucurella additionally fluffed an opportunity and the Catalans may have capitalised late on to seize an equaliser however Messi missed from inside the world whereas Djene virtually scored an personal purpose, glancing a cross in opposition to the put up.
“At the moment was not our day,” stated Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets. “We solely performed nicely in a single half and had the odd probability at purpose. We knew it was going to be a troublesome match.
“They took the lead via a one-off second and so they bought very comfy as soon as they have been 1-Zero up.
“We needed to play with extra pace and fluidity however we weren’t in a position to, though we stored attempting and we hit the woodwork proper on the finish.”

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