In a La Liga bout of Barcelona vs Getafe, Messi’s brace, Araujo’s words, and ‘Earn It’ jerseys all made for an interesting match.
Barcelona won 5-2 over Getafe on Thursday and climbed back to third place in the La Liga table. That, however, was not the only highlight of the match!
Barcelona vs Getafe: Messi’s Brace, Araujo’s Words, and ‘Earn It’ Jerseys
Barcelona scored five goal and the goal scorers (beside an own goal) were Lionel Messi, Ronald Araujo, and Antoine Griezmann.
Of these, superstar Messi shined through with a brace, indeed, he scored his two goal in the first half itself.
One came as early as the 8th minute, and the other, just over the half-hour mark. This second one extended Barca’s lead to 3-1 after Getafe equalized in the 12th minute.
Getafe fought back when forward Enes Unal converted a penalty in the 69th minute. VAR gave Getafe one after a foul by Araujo.
Araujo then made amends for his foul by scoring a goal in the 87th minute.
In the 93rd minute (added time), Barcelona earned a penalty opportunity. And instead of taking the chance to score a hat-trick, Messi conceded the penalty shot to Griezmann. The latter slammed in the spot-kick.
One of the scorers in the windfall win, Araujo said: “It was a very strange game but the team knew how to get the job done and win which is the important thing.”
“We suffered a little bit in the second half, we could have been more comfortable. Every game we have left is like a final and every team will give everything,” he continued.
For the match, Getafe gave Koeman’s side a guard of honour to dignify Barcelona’s recent Copa del Rey triumph.
However, the visitors also wore T-shirts saying ‘Earn It’. So, they boldly criticised Barcelona’s decision to sign up to the breakaway European Super League. Being a small club, Getafe would’ve suffered horribly over the end of open competition implied by the failed league’s format.
“The news had a big impact on me, any clubs want to compete in Europe and we want to earn it on the pitch,” said Getafe’s Angel Rodriguez on the Super League.
“We’re a humble club who played in the Europa League so obviously I’m totally against it,” he said, after he and his team sported ‘Earn It’ jerseys.