La Liga 2016/17: Getafe 1-2 Barcelona, Player ratings
Barcelona travelled to Madrid based Getafe after a very good game in Champions League against Juventus. Valverde fielded a strong side against the promoted team with the only change being Roberto in for Semedo. However, they were left stunned with a fine first-half performance capped by an amazing Shibasaki volleyed goal.
Barca then mounted a comeback riding on Denis' amazing performance. He capped off a brilliant performance with a finely taken goal. However, the match was still very much left in hanging. In these dire situations emerged a very unlikely hero for them - PAULINHO. He barged into Getafe's defence and picked out a fine finish to put the match into Barcelona's bag.
Here, let’s take a look at how the players fared for both the teams.
Quite an amazing outing just like his opposite number. Quick off his lines, it was him who stood firm and almost stopped Barca from an easy victory. Pulled a couple of saves including a fantastic stop off Messi's freekick.
Damian Suarez: 8/10
The Uruguayan right-back was tentative, always ready to jump into tackles and defended as if his life depended on it. He did not allow any Barcelona player any joy down his side. Amazing performance.
The centre-back was solid for the most part of the game and shut out Barca's strikers quite efficiently in both halves. However, he was outmuscled quite easily for Barca's second goal by Paulinho.
Cala put in a good performance as he was constantly in the way of Messi and company, keeping them at bay for the majority of the game. He made a string of important interceptions and tackles to keep Getafe in the game.
The fullback had a decent outing and defended reasonably well barring the opening few minutes. He stayed narrow and didn't really give much in attack. However, both the Barca goals came from his side.
The midfielder was combative and very efficient in possession. He was intelligent in distribution and defended resolutely. His headed assist for Shibasaki's goal was a thing of beauty meeting brawn.
Arambarri had a decent game. Though he was not much influential in the second half, he came out on top in the midfield battle against Barca’s midfield during the initial 45 minutes. His distribution was efficient if not eye-catching.
Faycal Fajr: 6.5/10
The former Deportivo la Coruna man had a good game. He helped in the team's buildups and was a constant thorn for Barcelona's defence. His end-product led him down big time.
Scorer of the home side's only goal, he had a good day at the office. Though not quite as influential, he was still an essential cog in the system and his goal was taken quite beautifully.
Playing on the left side for Getafe, he could not muster up much of a challenge for a makeshift right-back, Sergi Roberto. He was slow to react and was off the frequency on which his teammates played.
Very much like his teammates, he faded away in the second half. However, in the first half, he was absolutely sensational as a target man for the Madrid based club. He troubled Pique quite a bit including a nutmeg in the first half.
Alvaro Jimenez: 6.5/10
He came on for Shibasaki and continued his good work. Though he did lack end product, he did trouble Barcelona quite a bit.