Barcelona frustrated in goalless draw with Getafe

Gerard Pique came off in the 83rd minute against Valencia on Thursday

Gerard Pique came off in the 83rd minute against Valencia on Thursday

Following the draw, they are on 59 points, seven points clear of second place Atletico Madrid.

After needing a late equalizer to avoid defeat against crosstown rival Espanyol in the previous round, Barcelona couldn't find the net against midtable Getafe at Camp Nou Stadium.

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.

However, having recently dropped points for only the fourth time this season, the league leaders will be determined not to leak any more.

Barca were underwhelming against their mid-table opponents, failing to register a shot on target during a first half when Luis Suarez had a goal correctly ruled out for offside.

"This is the kind of game that is hard for us".

With Thomas Vermaelen out, Colombian global centre-back Yerry Mina could make his first start since signing from Palmeiras last month.

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Barca were struggling to get hold of the contest, in part thanks to a series of robust Getafe challenges, and Mina was once again caught out when he played Angel onside, with the forward's attempt going narrowly wide via a deflection off the Barca man.

"Thomas Vermaelen is coming to the end of his recovery", Valverde added.

Inconsistent in defense, Mina was a constant threat on set pieces in attack, almost scoring with a header in the second half.

With Barca looking short of ideas, Valverde withdrew Coutinho and Alcacer for Andres Iniesta and Ousmane Dembele just after the hour mark.

Madrid won 5-2 at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the first time this season.

Sevilla defeated Girona 1-0 with a victor by Pablo Sarabia early in the second half at Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

Sergio Rico was the hero for Sevilla with a penalty save and several key interventions as his side boosted their European hopes with a 1-0 win over Girona.

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