Pedri edges Barca past Getafe to maintain title charge


Mueez Ajao

– Barcelona extended their lead over Real Madrid in the LaLiga table after Pedri’s first-half strike earned them a 1-0 win over Getafe on Sunday.

– Leaders Barca climbed to 44 points, six ahead of their bitter rivals Madrid who have a game in hand and will visit Athletic Club later on Sunday.

– Getafe are 16th and level with Celta Vigo and 18th-placed Real Valladolid on 17 points, just above the relegation zone thanks to a superior goal difference.

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– Coach Xavi Hernandez made several changes to his regular team, resting key players such as Robert Lewandowski, Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong ahead to their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash against Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

– Pedri opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he latched onto a pass from Raphinha and tapped into an empty net.


– With almost 70% of ball possession, Barcelona seamed content with their lead as Getafe failed to mount a serious challenge.

Marc-André ter Stegen

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