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Lionel Messi 7, Griezmann 4, De Jong 4; Barcelona player ratings after shock defeat at Getafe

A La Liga setback for new coach Ronald Koeman leaves Barca in ninth

Barcelona fell to their first defeat in La Liga under new coach Ronald Koeman as they lost 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday, hours after champions Real Madrid slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to promoted Cadiz.

Getafe forward Jaime Mata sent Barca goalkeeper Neto the wrong way from the penalty spot to score the only goal in the 56th minute after visiting midfielder Frenkie de Jong had been penalised for treading on Djene Dakonam's foot.

The result left Barca ninth with seven points after four games, a week before the clasico at home to Real, who remain top on 10 points having played five matches. Getafe's win puts them level on points with the league leaders.

"Today was not our day," said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets. "We only played well in one half and had the odd chance at goal. We knew it was going to be a tough match.

"They took the lead through a one-off moment and they got very comfortable once they were 1-0 up.

"We wanted to play with more speed and fluidity but we weren't able to, although we kept trying and we hit the woodwork right at the end."

Updated: October 18, 2020 05:31 AM

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