Barcelona 2-0 Getafe: Arturo Vidal on target in final home game of season but fans are in no mood to party as Philippe Coutinho receives majority of the jeers five days after Champions League collapse
- Barcelona beat Getafe at the Nou Camp on Sunday night in their final home game of the 2018-19 season
- Arturo Vidal opened the scoring as he netted for the first time since November, with a goal on 39 minutes
- Vidal struck with a rebound after Gerard Pique’s header from a Messi free-kick was saved but not held
- Messi also involved in Barca’s second when Mauro Arambarri put the ball into his own net after tackling him
- The Nou Camp was subdued five days after Barca’s Champions League thrashing against Liverpool at Anfield
- Philippe Coutinho’s every touch was jeered before he left the pitch with a suspected injury on 69 minutes
Published: 14:34 EDT, 12 May 2019 | Updated: 15:02 EDT, 12 May 2019
Lionel Messi had the last say at the Camp Nou on Sunday as Barcelona won their last home game of the season and went some way to killing off Getafe’s Champions League dream.
Messi barely cracked a smile through the 90 minutes but there was a raise of the eyebrows as, on 90 minutes, he got in between Djene Dakonam and Damian Suarez to force an own goal which sealed the 2-0 win for Barcelona.
Earlier Arturo Vidal had scored for Barcelona in the win that means Valencia are now in fourth place and will play Champions League football next season if they get a better result in their last match of the season against Valladolid than Getafe manage at home to Villarreal.
Barcelona won their final home game of the season on Sunday night when they beat Getafe in La Liga at the Nou Camp
Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal gave Barcelona the lead with his third La Liga goal of the season — his first since November
Captain Lionel Messi (left) appeared to have scored Barcelona’s second in the 90th minute but it was in fact an own goal
Philippe Coutinho’s every touch was jeered before the Brazilian No 7 left the pitch with a suspected injury on 69 minutes
Barcelona: Cillessen; Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Rakitic (Alena 62), Busquets, Vidal; Coutinho (Ruiz 69), Messi, Malcom (Semedo 78)
Subs not used: Ter Stegen, Todibo, Lenglet, Puig
Scorers: Vidal 39, Djene own goal 90
Getafe: Soria; Damian, Djene, Cabrera, Olivera; Foulquier (Saiz 75), Maksimovic, Arambarri, Shibasaki (Portillo 46); Molina, Angel (Duro 86)
Subs not used: Chichizola, Cristoforo, Flamini, Miquel
Booked: Foulquier, Olivera, Djene
One cloud on the horizon for Barcelona was a late injury to Philippe Coutinho who could now be a doubt for the Spanish Cup final in two weeks time. He endured a difficult afternoon, whistled every time he touched the ball.
Five days after the debacle at Anfield, this still felt like the morning after the night before. Messi wearing a long face from first minute to last, Coutinho’s every touch jeered, and the Camp Nou stadium half empty – as Champions League hangovers go it was a bad one but they managed to rouse themselves and take a first half lead.
Their goal came six minutes before the break when David Soria got down to save Gerard Pique’s flicked header but could only push the ball out to Vidal who scored.
It was a body blow to Getafe who, despite having had less of the ball, had fashioned the best chances.
One break saw 37-year-old top scorer Jorge Molina race on to Dimitri Foulquier’s forward pass, bounce Jordi Alba out of the way and score past Jasper Cillessen. The VAR cut short the celebrations spotting that Molina had been offside.
Coupled with news from Valencia that they were winning 2-1 against Alaves, Getafe’s Champions Leauge dream was sliding away from them.
This is the team that never even thought to negotiate top-four finish bonuses into their contracts at the start of the season. They cashed their staying-up bonuses a long-time ago but now with just two games left they were just four points away from a place in the biggest club competition in the world next season. Was it all going to fall away at the Camp Nou?
Molina crashed a late header on to the post before Messi helped kill the contest at the other end. There was a timid ovation as the champions went off. Asked if this made things better after their midweek Champions League exit to Liverpool, Sergio Busquets gave a one-word answer. ‘No’.
Vidal celebrated his goal with Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti as the pair hugged on the pitch on Sunday
Two South Americans celebrated together as Vidal hugged Philippe Coutinho and kissed the Brazilian on the back of his head
Vidal smiled and applauded Barcelona supporters at the Nou Camp after opening the scoring against Getafe on 39 minutes
Messi watched on as the ball flew into the Getafe net for Barca’s second goal of the night in the final minute of normal time