Barcelona's title defense hit by 2-2 draw to Getafe

AP, Saturday 3 May 2014

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) tries to score against Getafe's goalkeeper Julio Cesar during their La Liga soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona May 3, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Barcelona conceded a second goal to Getafe forward Angel Lafita in injury time to stumble to a 2-2 draw at home on Saturday, dealing a major blow to its hopes of defending its Spanish league title.

Lionel Messi volleyed in Dani Alves' pass to open the scoring at Camp Nou in the 23rd minute, but Lafita leveled after a rare attack for Getafe in the 37th. Cesc Fabregas then initiated a move that ended with Alexis Sanchez putting Barcelona back ahead in the 67th, but Lafita charged in to head home a cross in the final moments to grab the draw. That leaves Barcelona three points behind Atletico Madrid before the leader visits Levante on Sunday.

There are two more rounds remaining after this weekend.

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