Barça continues to depend on itself to be champion of the League. He responded to the victories of Atlético and Real Madrid with a hard, and suffered, triumph over Getafe (5-2) and discounted one more day in his career towards a title that gives the feeling will not be defined until the last day.
It was not, at all, a placid win for Barça, who suffered for more than twenty minutes until Araújo and Griezmann, this one in the discount and penalty, closed the scoring, but with Messi in front and the group at his side, He showed that he is ready to fight the League to the point of exhaustion.
Koeman’s team choked the night when, midway through the second half, they seemed to have the situation under control. Led by a resounding Messi, author of two goals, and accompanied by a brilliant De Jong who gave order to the game as a whole, Barça exceeded the hour of the match with a reassuring 3-1 that did not give us to think about the subsequent stresses, but to which the VAR warned of Araújo’s stomp on Unal in the area and the Turk himself transformed the penalty, the lack of control seized a group of incredulous players before the awakening of the rival and their own incapacity.
It was an overwhelming time for a Barça that until that minute 63 had dominated the situation with absolute tranquility, which began the night with a shot from Messi to the crossbar and responded with agility to Lenglet’s own goal after eleven minutes that equaled 1-0 from Who else, Leo. Sofian Chakla returned the favor with a deadly assignment to David Soria that gave the Barça team an advantage once again and after half an hour the captain opened the gap with a goal as simple as it was exceptional, shooting at the post and serving the rejection faster than anyone else. scoring with astonishing ease.
All sentenced, it seemed, until the Araújo penalty arrived, the nerves before the growth of Getafe, the punishment of Koeman to Mingueza and the possible tie that flew over the empty stadium until five minutes after 90 a corner served by Messi, closed , powerful and at the near post, it was topped in an imposing way by the same Uruguayan center-back to the net to put an end to the doubts.
And, to round off the night, already in added time, Griezmann caused a penalty, Messi gave him the honors and the Frenchman closed the night by turning the victory into a landslide. A win on the scoreboard that was not such on the grass … But that ended up being such.
What began with a hall of honor from the Getafe players to the Cup champion ended with relief and tranquility for saving an uncomfortable night with a note and at times overwhelming for Barça, which added three points as fundamental as all those who are missing until finish the championship. Well at times, regular at times but always focused on the game, Koeman’s group saved a new ballot. And he showed muscle while waiting for the next exam.