Madrid: Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a blow as they fell four points behind leaders Real Madrid after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Getafe on Saturday.
Getafe's Pablo Sarabia (left) vies with Barca's Andres Iniesta on Saturday. Pic/AFP
In a bitty first half at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who kept his side on level terms with a top-drawer save from an Angel Lafita effort.
Barca improved after the break and piled on the pressure, yet were unable to find a way past Vicente Guaita with Lionel Messi striking the bar from a free-kick and some resolute defending from the Getafe back line.
"The draw isn't a great result, but the side came into the game with a positive dynamic and we have to carry on that way. There's still a long way to go in the league, but admittedly it's a step backwards," said Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez.