Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, January 24, 2019 07:23:33 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Barca slip up in Getafe stalemate

photo by Agency photo

Getafe\'s Uruguayan defender Emiliano Velazquez vies with Barcelona\'s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) during their Spanish league football match in Getafe on Saturday.

By AFP, Madrid
15th-Dec-2014       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a blow as they fell four points behind leaders Real Madrid after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Getafe on Saturday.
In a bitty first half at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who kept his side on level terms with a top-drawer save from an Angel Lafita effort.
Barca improved after the break and piled on the pressure, yet were unable to find a way past Vicente Guaita with Lionel Messi striking the bar from a free-kick and some resolute defending from the Getafe back line.
"The draw isn't a great result, but the side came into the game with a positive dynamic and we have to carry on that way. There's still a long way to go in the league, but admittedly it's a step backwards," said Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez.
"It is a game we can normally get a result in, but we couldn't make the breakthrough. Defensively they were really strong, we had four chances and couldn't take any of them."
Barcelona desperately missed the attacking presence of Neymar, who was absent through an ankle injury, and notably lacked a cutting edge in the final third as they were frustrated by the home side's defence,
The Catalan outfit saw a couple of long-range efforts fly over from Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, before Messi forced a block from Guaita in the home side's goal after combining well with the Croatia international.
Guaita could then only punch a cross as far as Pedro Rodriguez on the edge of the box, but the Spain international's mishit effort was turned just wide by Suarez, who is still looking for his first Liga goal.
Both sides then felt aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty within a minute of each other as firstly Juan Valera appeared to handle the ball while on the ground as Messi looked to dribble past him, before Lafita's cross then struck Dani Alves on the arm.
As the half wore on Getafe took the initiative, and the home side were unlucky to not go into the break leading after Lafita beat Alves and Pique on the edge of the box, only to see a rasping drive somehow tipped round the post by Claudio Bravo at full stretch.
Barcelona came out for the secondd half with more attacking intent, and went close to opening the scoring after Messi, who had been brought down by Emiliano Velazquez on the edge of the box, saw a free-kick clatter the crossbar before Suarez fired wildly over from distance.
Guaita then kept out another Messi effort as the pressure grew, with Xavi volleying just wide and Messi heading over when well positioned.
Meanwhile 10-man Valencia moved to within a point of fourth following a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Rayo Vallecano.
Los Che produced a stunning opening period, and took the lead after 12 minutes as Sofiane Feghouli nodded in at the near post. The Algerian then added a second from close range before Pablo Piatti produced a stunning turn of pace to break through the heart of the visitors' defence to add a third ten minutes from the break.
Despite the fact Andre Gomes saw red after catching Jozabed Sanchez with a flailing elbow 20 minutes from time, the damage had already been done.
Victory means Valencia now have 28 points, while Rayo remain in 11th.
On Friday, two late Cristiano Ronaldo goals helped Real Madrid make it 20 consecutive victories in all competitions as they saw off Almeria 4-1.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

India's Virat Kohli plays forward during the one day international between New Zealand and India in Napier, New Zealand on Wednesday.


A match billed as a runfest was turned upside-down by India's spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday, as New Zealand were crushed by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Napier.India arrived at the ground with captain Virat Kohli expecting 300-plus to be par but when ...

International »

Priyanka Gandhi also enters politics


AP, New Delhi :A scion of India's most famous political dynasty on Wednesday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the 47-year-old daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. She has in the ...

City »

People from all walks of life paid last respect to noted musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul by giving floral wreaths on his coffin at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Sonam Bajwa is all set to make her big Bollywood debut


After creating an immense sensation in the Punjabi film industry, Sonam Bajwa is now ready to make her foray into Bollywood with Varun Dhawan. Yesterday Varun posted a video on social media where he was en route to Punjab for shooting and while on board Varun introduced film’s producer Bhushan ...

Editorial »

Doctors should ensure quality healthcare service to patients


IN a surprise visit to 11 government hospitals and health complexes in eight districts including Dhaka on Tuesday, the Anti-Corruption Commission found 92 doctors out of a total of 230 absent at their workplaces. Eleven teams from the ACC made the visits between 9:00am and 2:00pm.Recently, the ACC received allegations ...

City »

General students of Dhaka University formed a human chain in front of Aparajeya Bangla of the university on Tuesday demanding proper probe into the suicidal case of Taifur Rahman Protik, a student of Genetics Engineering and Bio-technology Department of Shahjalal Science and Technology University.


Editorial »

ACC's role in fighting corruption


THE Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday suspended one of its directors for allegedly leaking information about its investigation beforehand and also having nexus with the accused.  The suspended official was recently promoted as director. In May last year, the ACC also dismissed one of its assistant directors and suspended another for ...

Sports »

Rangpur Riders beat Khulna Titans


Sports Reporter :Rangpur Riders beat Khulna Titans by six wickets in the 25th match of the UCB 6th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 cricket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city's Mirpur on Tuesday.Chasing Khulna's competitive 181 for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs, ...

Sports »

Greek sensation Tsitsipas into first Slam semi-final


AFP, Melbourne :Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas showed resilience and maturity Tuesday to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) win over Roberto Bautista Agut.Roger Federer's conqueror had to contend with dropping his serve early in each of the first three sets to the Spanish ...

International »

Ex-diplomats, scholars urge China to release Canadians


AFP, Beijing :A group of more than 100 former diplomats and academics have signed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for the release of two Canadians who have been detained on allegations of espionage.Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were on December 10 arrested for ...

International »

France, Germany seek closer bond to tackle EU crisis


AFP, Aachen :France and Germany will on Tuesday sign a new friendship treaty to deepen their alliance at a time of crisis for the EU, drawing fire from the far right and a flurry of alarmist fake news reports.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to sign ...

Business & Economy »

IMF cuts growth forecasts as world economic forum begins


AP, Davos, Switzerland :The world economy absorbed more bad news Monday: The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for 2019. And China, the world's second-biggest economy, said it had slowed to its weakest pace since 1990.The IMF cut its estimate for global growth this year to 3.5 percent, from ...

Entertainment »

Sherlyn Chopra raises the mercury in her latest video `Tunu Tunu`


The amorous Sherlyn Chopra has always treated her fans with her raunchy photoshoots and now the seductress diva is back with another treat for her fans. After treating the fans a few days back with a short teaser, now the diva has treated her fans with the full music video. ...

Editorial »

The miseries of River Karnafuli must end


WITH alleged support from a section of officials, the encroachment of Karnafuli banks is still rampant by some powerful quarters flouting the High Court order.  Quoting investigation report done by the National River Conservation Commission (NRCC), the media yesterday reported that none of the 2,181 illegal structures has been removed ...

Cricket »

David Warner to undergo surgery on injured elbow


Banned former Australian vice-captain David Warner is expected to undergo minor surgery on his elbow Tuesday after returning home from the Bangladesh Premier League with an injury.Warner, alongside former skipper Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft, was suspended from international cricket over a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match in ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news