18 Jan

Lionel Messi scores, Barca beats Getafe to take 5-point lead at top

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil D’Angelo Russell leads Nets past Bulls for 3rd win in a row In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Getafe and FC Barcelona at the Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored brilliant goals as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 on Sunday to increase its lead in the Spanish league.Barcelona capitalized on slipups by its rivals earlier in the day to take a five-point lead over second-placed Atletico. Sevilla trails Barcelona by seven points in third place, and fifth-placed Real Madrid is 10 points behind, as the league reaches its midway point next round.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “We knew the results of the other matches and we had the pressure to take advantage of them,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “We are pleased. We earned some points with respect to our chasers, but there are many rounds to go.”Getafe started well but, as he so often does, Messi turned the match around in the 20th minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the area, poked it between the legs of goalkeeper David Soria and slotted it home from a tight angle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSuarez matched his teammate’s effort in the 39th when he planted his left foot as a pivot and used his right leg to rifle the ball from the edge of the area into the corner of the net with a waist-high volley.Messi leads the league with 16 goals, followed by Suarez in second place with 12. Messi came close to adding another goal late in the match but was denied both times by Soria.About Messi, Valverde said: “When is he not decisive? He is the complete player.”Getafe pulled one back through Jaime Mata just before halftime and the hosts had chances to draw level. But Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a powerful header by Leandro Cabrera before Mata squandered a golden opportunity in the 66th when he caught Ter Stegen off his line only to miss the open goal.Getafe, which had conceded only four goals at home this season, remained in seventh place.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more