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Barcelona frustrated in goalless draw with Getafe

AFP  |  Madrid 

A disallowed goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for as the leaders of La Liga dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with

After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barca yesterday could not break down a well-organised side, who showed why they have the third-best defensive record in the league.

In irresistible form in front of goal in 2018, Suarez had the ball in the net just before half-time with a great finish from a Lionel Messi free-kick, but the home celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.

The Uruguayan striker then saw his header kept out by a brilliant save as the match moved into stoppage time, with Barca failing to score at home in for the first time since November 2016.

Ernesto Valverde's side remain unbeaten in after 23 games, extending their longest run without losing from the start of a campaign.

However, they are now only seven points clear at the summit from Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 at on Saturday with an early goal. The Rojiblancos visit the in three weeks.

"We don't like to draw at home, but that's Our opponents defended really well and we were unable to score," Valverde told beIN


"Maybe we lacked a bit of spark, that's possible. It is strange for us not to score here at our stadium."

With banned, not fit and only on the bench, Valverde handed a first start to January signing Yerry Mina and partnered him in central defence with

That pair were rarely overly troubled, but at the other end Valverde's decision to bring both and into the line-up did not have the desired impact.

They both lasted just over an hour, with Coutinho forcing a fine save from Guaita from a strike in the 58th minute.

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele came on in the second half for his first appearance since his latest spell on the sidelines, but the young forward was also incapable of breaking down the back line.

Former Arsenal midfielder came on towards the end to make his debut for Getafe, who are 10th.

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reclaimed third place from Real Madrid thanks to a 3-1 win over city rivals Levante at Mestalla last night.

Santi Mina's early opener was cancelled out by Sergio Postigo for the struggling visitors, but put back in front in the second half and sealed the win with a late penalty.

The result ended a run of six straight defeats in all competitions for Valencia.

Madrid won 5-2 at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday as scored a hat-trick for the first time this season.

The reigning champions are still 17 points adrift of Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.

was the hero for with a penalty save and several key interventions as his side boosted their European hopes with a 1-0 win over Girona.

The only goal of the game at a sunny was scored just over 30 seconds into the second half, with Pablo Sarabia making sure the ball went in after a Joaquin Correa effort was stopped on the line.

But, before that, Rico had intervened to prevent the home side going behind just prior to the interval, diving to his right to save an Aday Benitez penalty awarded for a by

Sevilla, who will face in the Copa del Rey final in April and host Manchester United in the Champions League on February 21, are sixth in

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 09:25 IST
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