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Barcelona stumbles again, held 0-0 at home by Getafe

12 February 2018, 08:29 | Devin Moran

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Yerry Mina

Diego Simeone's team hasn't been this close to the lead since past year, when the gap was at six points in the 16th round.

Thomas Vermaelen is also out with a hamstring injury, while fellow centre-back Samuel Umtiti is suspended.

The Catalans dominated 79 per cent of the possession against their mid-table opposition but were unable to break through, with Atletico Madrid now sitting seven points back of the league leaders.

Getafe have three draws in their last three games, picking up nine points in their last six games.

Barcelona are cruising towards the Spanish title, and Getafe are unlikely to halt that march.

Jose Bordalas' side frustrated the free-flowing Barca attack for long periods of the match and the hosts did not register a shot on target in the first half at Camp Nou for first time since April 2012, although Luis Suarez did have a goal correctly ruled out for offside.

"You hope that games like this don't happen where you drop two points, but sometimes it happens and you have to get on with it, there is no other choice".

Guaita thrust out a left hand to keep out a more testing Coutinho attempt but Getafe's response to Barcelona's most enterprising spell of the match was impressive.

France forward Ousmane Dembele was back in action for Barcelona after recovering from his most recent injury, entering the match midway through the second half.

"It depends on the work he does, but he is a player in whom we have a lot of hope", said coach Ernesto Valverde when asked if Dembele would play in Sunday's game.

Barca have won their last four La Liga games against Getafe, scoring 16 goals in the process (four per game on average) and conceding just one.

The Blaugrana were held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Espanyol last weekend.

Yerry Mina, making his La Liga debut for Barcelona, nearly opened the scoring but his header went just the wrong side of the post.

Defending champion Real Madrid routed Real Sociedad 5-2 at home on Saturday behind a hat trick by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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 handball by Luis Muriel.

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