Monday 26 October, 2020

Barcelona lose 1-0 at Getafe for first defeat under Koeman

Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts after Getafe's Jaime Mata scored during their Spanish La Liga football match at the Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez).

Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts after Getafe's Jaime Mata scored during their Spanish La Liga football match at the Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez).

Barcelona lost 1-0 at Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday for their first defeat this season under new coach Ronald Koeman.

Getafe lived up to their reputation as one of the top defensive sides in Spain and limited the visitors to two scoring opportunities.

Lionel Messi hit the upright in the 20th and Antoine Griezmann wasted a great chance on the half-hour mark.

After that, Getafe tightened their marking and Barcelona didn't threaten again until Djene Dakonam almost scored an own-goal when he cleared a cross onto the crossbar.

José Bordalás’ Getafe went ahead in the 56th minute when Jaime Mata converted a penalty kick after Frenkie de Jong fouled Dakonam on the edge of the area while trying to clear a loose ball.

The first loss in four league matches this season for Koeman’s team comes before its Champions League opener against Hungarian club Ferencvaros on Tuesday, and the season’s first “clásico” match against Real Madrid next weekend.

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