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Lionel Messi in no-goal shocker as Barcelona held to disappointing draw with Getafe

The Catalans lose ground on Real Madrid who comfortably beat Almeria last night.

Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP/Press Association Images

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.

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.

In a match played out in unforgiving conditions, 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, who were able to limit the Blaugrana to few clear-cut chances.

And despite the introductions of Andres Iniesta and Munir El Haddadi in the second half, Barca couldn’t find the breakthrough as Getafe held on bravely for a point.

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