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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Jaime Mata (43')
  • Lionel Messi (20')
  • Luis Suárez (39')

Messi, Suarez score as Barcelona increase La Liga lead to five points

Barcelona increased their lead atop La Liga to five points with a 2-1 victory at Getafe on Sunday.

First-half goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez put the Blaugrana in front before Jaime Mata pulled one back for the hosts just before the half.

Messi opened the scoring after 20 minutes when, after running onto a deflected through ball, he collected his own rebound and slotted into an empty net from close range.

Suarez then added Barca's second 19 minutes later with a sensational volley from distance after an initial shot was deflected high into the air.

Mata gave Getafe some hope two minutes before the break, firing in Angel Rodriguez's pass from close range. But the hosts would get no closer, despite Mata missing an open goal in the second half.

The win gives first-placed Barca 40 points from 18 matches. Getafe remain in seventh with 25.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 20 +35 46
2 Atletico Madrid 20 +17 41
3 Real Madrid 20 +6 36
4 Sevilla FC 20 +9 33
5 Alavés 20 -1 32
6 Getafe 20 +9 31
7 Real Betis 20 0 29
8 Real Sociedad 20 +1 26
9 Valencia 20 +1 26
10 Levante 20 -3 26
11 Girona 20 -3 24
12 Espanyol 19 -6 24
13 Athletic Bilbao 20 -5 23
14 Leganes 20 -6 22
15 Real Valladolid 20 -6 22
16 Eibar 19 -7 22
17 Celta Vigo 20 -2 21
18 Rayo Vallecano 20 -12 20
19 Villarreal 20 -5 18
20 Huesca 20 -22 11