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Barcelona comea back from a 2-0 down to trash Getafe 5-2

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Pedro scored a hat-trick as Barcelona produced a
stunning comeback to beat Getafe 5-2 in La Liga.
The winger shrugged off the absence of Lionel Messi
and Neymar to take centre stage, scoring the club’s
fastest league hat-trick since Dani’s in September
1999 to move to 10 league goals for the season.
Getafe had taken a surprise lead after 10 minutes
when Sergio Escudero beat Jose Pinto at close
quarters following good work by Angel Lafita to create
the chance.
And things went from bad to worse for the defending
champions when Lisandro Lopez headed home unmarked
from a corner four minutes later.
However, Barca showed their fighting qualities as
Pedro struck three times in quick succession to hand his
side what had at one stage appeared an unlikely lead at
the break.
Cesc Fabregas added a fourth eight minutes after the
hour and converted a penalty 19 minutes from time to
complete his brace and round off the scoring.
Neymar was ruled out with suspension, while Gerardo
Martino was also without Messi and Xavi due to
injury.
However, the visitors were boosted by the return of
Dani Alves following a calf injury, with Pedro and
Alexis Sanchez called on to supply Barca’s firepower.
Borja Fernandez came in for Getafe, replacing Mehdi
Lacen, who dropped to the bench.
Barca threatened from the off as Gerard Pique forced
Miguel Moya into a smart save from close range after
just two minutes.
But, against the run of play, the hosts took the lead with
a well-worked move as Escudero applied the finish to
Lafita’s neat backheel.
Getafe, who were beaten 4-1 in the corresponding
fixture last season, doubled their lead after 14 minutes
thanks to Lopez’s header, leaving Martino’s men
stunned.
Pedro looked to have pulled a goal back before the half-
hour mark but was denied by the offside flag.
It mattered little, though, as the Spain international
produced a stunning quick-fire treble to turn the match
on its head.
The first arrived after 34 minutes when, having been
played in by Fabregas, the forward hoisted the ball over
Moya.
Pedro completed his hat-trick before the interval,
cutting in from the left and firing into the far corner
for his second and finishing emphatically inside the area
for the third.
Getafe started the second half strongly and almost
levelled 14 minutes in, with Diego Castro outsmarting
Pique in the box and curling an effort wide of Pinto’s
right-hand post.
However, despite the home side’s endeavour, Barca’s
cutting edge proved too much for Getafe to cope with
as Fabregas volleyed home Pedro’s cross at the far post
to move two goals clear.
The midfielder added a second from the spot three
minutes later after Pedro was felled in the box by Borja,
with Barcelona able to comfortably see out the game
and ensure they go into the winter break top on goal
difference.

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