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Football: Barca title hopes in tatters after Getafe draw

Published on May 4, 2014 5:53 AM
Getafe's players celebrate a goal against Barcelonas as Cesc Fabregas (front) walks by during their La Liga match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona's slim hopes of retaining their La Liga title were all but ended after they were held 2-2 at home by struggling Getafe on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The Catalans now trail leaders Atletico Madrid by three points with just two games remaining and having played a game more, while Real Madrid are just three points further back but with two games in hand over Barca.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a fine finish, but Barca were pegged pack when Angel Lafita levelled just before half-time.

The Spanish champions improved going forward after the break and deservedly went back in front when Alexis Sanchez drilled the ball home 23 minutes from time, but they were stunned in injury time as Lafita rose to head home Jaime Gavilan's cross to secure a vital point for Getafe.

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