Getafe vs. Barcelona – Football Match Report – October 17,...

Barcelona lost their first league loss under new manager Ronald Koeman when they lost 1-0 in Getafe on Saturday. In this game the American youngster Sergino Dest made his debut.

Getafe striker Jaime Mata sent Barca goalkeeper Neto the wrong way from the penalty spot to score the only goal in the 56th minute after midfielder Frenkie de Jong was punished for stepping on Djene Dakonam’s foot.

The result left Barca in ninth place after four games with seven points, a week before the Clasico at home against Real Madrid, who remain on top with ten points after five games. With the Getafe win they are level on points with the leaders.

Koeman made a number of changes to the Barcelona side who drew 0-0 at home in their last game against Sevilla. He handed the season opener to newcomer Sergino Dest with a full back, youthful winger Pedri and striker Ousmane Dembele.

Barca had played well in the first half and almost took the lead when Lionel Messi shot a shot against the post, while Antoine Griezmann missed an even clearer chance before half-time and shot through the goal unchallenged.

Getafe defended well and should have hit at least one more through Colombian Cucho Hernandez, who hit the crossbar and counterattacked a few minutes later, with only Neto to be beaten but shot high into the empty space behind the goal.

Getafe’s former Barca player Marc Cucurella also missed a chance and the Catalans could have leveled late, but Messi missed from the box while Djene nearly scored an own goal and threw a cross against the post.

“Today was not our day,” said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets. “We only played well in one half and had one or two chances to score. We knew it was going to be a tough game.

“You took the lead for a unique moment and felt very comfortable after the 1-0 win.

“We wanted to play faster and smoother, but couldn’t, although we kept trying and in the end hit the woodwork.”

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