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Mar 20, 2011

FC Barcelona increased the pressure on Real Madrid ahead of the Madrid derby with a 2-1 win over visiting Getfae side. Bojan and Alves scored for Barca and Manu scored for Getafe on the night. We wasted a number of good chances and the late goal from Manu made the ending a bit more nervous. With Abidal out mostly for the season, Milito and Pique formed the centre of defense, Adriano and Alves formed the rest of the defense in their usual flying back positions. The midfield had Mascherano, Iniesta and Xavi. Villa, Bojan and Messi formed the attacking trio.

The match started very slowly with we happily holding onto the possession and Getafe looking at all the way to keep us away from their box. In the 7th minute we had a huge let off when a wayward Alves header put the Getafe striker through, but luckily for us his first touch took the ball away. We responded immediately with Xavi sending a great ball to Messi who chested the ball with his back to goal and then tried an audacious overhead kick, but the keeper was at the right place. The very next minute we had another counter but Messia agin failed to hit the target. In the 17th minute Dani Alves put us ahead with an absolute bolt of a strike. The goal came from a corner taken by Xavi, it rebounded and fell to Alves outside the box and Alves simply obliged. In the 21st minute we watsed two fairly easy chance - Iniesta sent in great pass to Mess who did well to take keeper off but the final shot was cleared off the line, then the rebound fell to Villa who shot high from a very good position.

In the 22nd minute the entire Camp Nou stood up and showed their support for Abidal - 22 is the number worn by Abidal. In the 29th minute David Villa was brought down in the box but instead was booked for diving. It looked a clear penalty. In the 31st minute David Villa saw another shot blocked by the defense. In the 33rd minute Valdes produced a great save with his legs after Pique failed to deal with a cross from the right. In the 36th minute Alves squared a ball to Xavi on the centre but Xavi could only shoot wide off the post. In the 44th minute Villa wasted yet another chance after a long ball from Pique put him through. His first touch was off, but still was lucky to get the rebound and had a great chnace to finish, instead shot wide. Going into the interval it was clear that Getafe could punish us dearly for our wastefulness infront of goal.

In the 50th minute Bojan Krkic scored in second consecutive match; he received Messi's pass, cut inside and shot at the goal but was helped very much by a deflection off the defender. In the 56th minute David Villa wasted another chance when he tried to square the ball to Messi, instead of shooting at the goal; Iniesta send in a great ball to put Villa through on that occasion. In the 59th minute Iniesta put Villa through again, but still he couldn't find a way past the Getafe keeper. In the 68th minute Guardiola took off Bojan and brought in Keita. In the 81st minute Guardiola replaced Iniesta with Afellay. In the 88th minute Getafe scored through a brilliant volley by Manu inside the Barca box, our defense stood watching their.In the last minute of injury time Getafe came really close in punishing Barca but a desperate intervention save the three points for Barca.

We were at our wasteful best tonight. My goodness, I lost count of the number of decent chances we wasted. Iniesta was the best player on the pitch and should have felt mad seeing a number of chances he created put to waste. David Villa was the worst player on the pitch. He had two genuine penalty appeal turned down, but that's no excuse for the number of chances he wasted. Messi had an average night and surprisingly he is still continuing his goal less streak in la Liga. All eyes was on Milito who was drafted as the centre back, and he did pretty good. But the problem is the equation between Pique and Milito, they sometimes looks like living in different planets. Mascherano yet again had a brilliant night. We have some serious trouble ahead of us unless we sort out our watseful nature. We are not going to score every of our chances, but we deserved to win this match by atleast 4 goals, had it not been for our player's slackiness.

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