Frustration for Barcelona as Xavi and Raphinha See Red in Getafe Stalemate


Barcelona kicked off their title defense with an explosive start by playing Getafe to a scoreless draw at Camp Nou. However, the match saw several violent encounters which resulted in multiple bookings and three red cards; including that of Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez himself being shown the door.

Raphinha’s Early Exit: 

In a match where Barcelona seemed to be in control, winger Raphinha’s 42nd-minute red card stole the spotlight. His elbow to Gastón Álvarez’s head, off the ball, led to an early exit, leaving Barcelona with ten men.

Getafe’s Temporary Parity: 

Getafe’s fortunes took a hit in the 57th minute as Jaime Mata’s robust challenge on Ronald Araújo earned him a second yellow card, reducing Getafe to ten players as well.

Lewandowski’s Close Call: 

Robert Lewandowski, last season’s La Liga top scorer with Barcelona, came close to breaking the deadlock with an intimate header from close range but Alvarez managed to clear it away in the 63rd minute, maintaining parity between teams.

Xavi’s Unwanted Exit: 

In a twist of fate, Xavi Hernández found himself walking off the field as well, receiving a red card in the 71st minute for vehemently protesting a decision. The ejection of the Barcelona manager added to the match’s drama.

Controversy in Added Time: 

As the match neared its conclusion, controversy continued to arise. Referee Cesar Soto Grado chose not to award what appeared like an obvious penalty for an earlier foul on Araujo. Following VAR intervention and analysis of pitchside monitor footage, evidence of handball in buildup was identified, further aggravating an already contentious match.

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Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Getafe was a whirlwind of emotions, bookings, and red cards. With a 0-0 draw, both teams were left to ponder what might have been in a feisty affair that will undoubtedly be remembered for its intense moments and unexpected twists.

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