Barcelona stopped at Getafe, Union Berlin’s Scudetto dream vanishes

Barcelona stopped at Getafe, Union Berlin’s Scudetto dream vanishes

Barcelona stopped at Getafe, Union Berlin’s Scudetto dream vanishes

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Barcelona they were held to a second successive 0–0 draw in La Liga after mid-table Getafe he managed to snatch a point from the leaders on Sunday in a closely contested match.

Xavi’s side, who drew 0-0 with Girona last weekend, still have a good lead over second-placed Real Madrid at the top. Madrid’s 2-0 win over Cadiz on Saturday means Barça’s lead is now 11 points with nine games left in the season.

The visitors had two opportunities to take the lead in the 25th minute when Raphinha was put on goal but the Brazilian full-back saw his shot go off the post before Alejandro Balde’s shot from the rebound also hit the woodwork.

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Robert Lewandowski, La Liga’s top scorer this season with 17 goals, had a header blocked in the second half while Getafe goalkeeper David Soria also denied Raphinha with a fine save. Beyond that, Barça have struggled to create clear openings in the absence of injured Pedri and Ousmane Dembélé.

Getafe nearly stole all three points at the other end with an 87th-minute counterattack. The ball fell to Borja Mayoral but the ex-Real Madrid striker’s long-range shot went just wide of the post. Barcelona’s next match is at home against the third-placed team Atletico Madrid next Sunday.

Atlético extended their unbeaten run to 13 league games thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s brace in a 2-1 home win against Almeria on Sunday; their sixth consecutive La Liga victory. The victory brings Diego Simeone’s team within two points of second-placed Real Madrid, but still 13 points behind Barcelona.

Seville prepared for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final at home to Manchester United by winning a Valencia. Sevilla, who drew 2-2 with United at Old Trafford thanks to two late own goals, won in more conventional style with second-half goals from Loic Badé in the 55th minute and Suso 20 minutes later. Valencia, who had Ilaix Moriba sent off six minutes from time, remain in the relegation zone.

In Italy, Rome they are third thanks to a 3-0 win Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico, although they are five points adrift of city rivals Lazio in the race for second place. Napoli are leaders with 14 points ahead of Lazio. Tammy Abraham scored in added time at the end of the second half after Edoardo Bove and Lorenzo Pellegrini had put Roma ahead in the 55th minute.

JuventusHopes of also qualifying for the Europa Conference League came to naught in a 1-0 defeat at Sassuolo. Juve are now four points behind Atalanta, who are in the only place available in the ECL. Grégoire Defrei scored the only goal of the match.

In Germany, Berlin UnionDim hopes of a belated return to the title race have surely faded after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by struggling Bochum. Josip Juranovic gave the home side the lead from a free-kick, but the visitors equalized ten minutes into the second half when Kevin Stöger scored from the penalty spot.

Josip Juranovic kicked home a free-kick to give Union Berlin the lead against Bochum

Josip Juranovic kicked home a free-kick to give Union Berlin the lead against Bochum. Photography: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Defender Paul Jaeckel was then sent off for the home side, before Union were denied a second goal by a VAR review for offside. Bochum held on by a point, leaving Union seven points behind Bayern Munich. Fifth classified Freiburg they are just two points behind in the top four contest having come from behind to win 2-1 a Werder Bremen.

In League 1, Marseille he kept some pressure on PSG by beating Troyes 3-1 to move into second place and go eight points behind the leaders. After two minutes, Portuguese striker Vitinha scored his first goal for Marseille since his January transfer from Sporting Braga for €32m. Cengiz Under doubled up before the break before Vitinha got his double up. Troyes scored a last minute consolation.

Monk they kept their hopes of a Champions League place with a 3–1 home win Lorient. Aleksandr Golovin selected Krépin Diatta for the opener, then doubled the home side with a clinical finish. Kevin Volland added a third, with Ibrahima Koné’s penalty only a consolation.

On a crucial afternoon at the foot of the table, Strasbourg he increased their survival hopes by beating AjaccioWhile Clermont beat the bottom Anger despite being down to nine men late. Auxerre2-1 victory Nantes keeps the Canaries in trouble, while Brest they stayed out of the bottom four with a 1–0 home win Cute.

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