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Barcelona loses 1-0 at Getafe for 1st defeat under Koeman

AP , Saturday 17 Oct 2020
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Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi gestures during the Spanish League football match between Getafe and Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, south of Madrid, on October 17, 2020. AFP
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Barcelona lost 1-0 at Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday for its first defeat this season under new coach Ronald Koeman.

Getafe lived up to its reputation as one of the top defensive sides in Spain and limited the visitors to two scoring opportunities.

Lionel Messi hit the upright in the 20th and Antoine Griezmann wasted a great chance on the half-hour mark.

After that, Getafe tightened its marking and Barcelona didn't threaten again until Djene Dakonam almost scored an own-goal when he cleared a cross onto the crossbar.

Jose Bordalas' Getafe went ahead in the 56th minute when Jaime Mata converted a penalty kick after Frenkie de Jong fouled Dakonam on the edge of the area while trying to clear a loose ball.

The first loss in four league matches this season for Koeman's team comes before its Champions League opener against Hungarian club Ferencvaros on Tuesday and the season's first ``clasico'' match against Real Madrid next weekend.

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