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GETAFE VS LEGANES: HIGHLIGHTS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RACE

Getafe could extend the gap between them and fifth place Alaves if they can beat Leganes on Saturday afternoon.

Few would have put money on or expected Jose Bordalas’ side to be sat fourth place and in a healthy position to qualify for the Champions League at the start of the season, but that is now a fact and they will be looking to continue their superb run against Leganes.

Getafe have been in excellent form, winning four of their last six and picking up two draws, whilst Bordalas’ side have been racking up the goals too with strike force Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina grabbing the attention of many onlookers.

A win on Saturday will see the Madrid based side go nine five points ahead of Alaves, who host Atletico Madrid this weekend.

Leganes arrive at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in in-different form, having lost last time out to Girona and lost three in their last five.

Whilst they sit eight points ahead of the relegation places, Mauricio Pellegrino will know that the gap can be closed in a matter of rounds.


Lionel Messi came off the bench to score his sixth La Liga free-kick goals of the season

La Liga champion Barcelona scored two late goals to draw 4-4 with Villarreal in a remarkable game.

The champions led 2-0 through Philippe Coutinho and Malcom.

But Villarreal then led 4-2 with Samuel Chukwueze, Karl Toko Ekambi, Vicente Iborra and Carlos Bacca scoring.

The struggling hosts had Alvaro Gonzalez sent off and Barca took advantage with substitute Lionel Messi’s 90th-minute free-kick and Luis Suarez’s injury-time equaliser.

Barca are eight points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid going into Saturday’s meeting at the Nou Camp.

Act I: Barcelona in control

Barca named Messi, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic on the bench before games against Atletico Madrid and Manchester United – and it looked a wise decision as they raced into an early lead.

Suarez had two efforts saved – including one from the halfway line – by the time they took the lead.

Malcom, making only his second La Liga start, unselfishly squared the ball for Coutinho to tap home a close-range opener. And the summer signing from Bordeaux doubled the score four minutes later with a header from Arturo Vidal’s cross.

At that stage it looked as if they were going to blow Villarreal away with Coutinho hitting the post when he clipped the ball over Sergio Asenjo. The Brazilian then had an effort saved by the goalkeeper from 25 yards out.

Act II: Villarreal mount unbelievable comeback

Villarreal started the day only one point above the relegation zone but looked like world beaters from the moment Nigerian teenager Samuel Chukwueze ran on to a long ball forward and hit the post before slamming the rebound home.

The Catalans could not cope with the pace of Chukwueze and Ekambi throughout and that combination brought their second-half equaliser.

Ekambi did well to keep Chukwueze’s ball in play down the right wing. And with keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen off his line expecting a cross, the Cameroon international somehow beat him at his near post from an almost impossible angle near the byeline.

The Estadio de la Ceramica was rocking at this point and got even louder when Iborra put them into a scarcely believable lead.

The former Leicester City man ran on to a through-ball from Manuel Morlanes before poking the ball past the onrushing Ter Stegen.

They pushed and pushed for more goals and Chukwueze was unlucky not to get his second when his deflected effort from near the edge of the box was tipped on to the bar by Barca’s German keeper.

Goal number four came when Santi Cazorla, who was majestic in midfield, played a brilliant pass from his own half to substitute Bacca, who held his nerve to go round Ter Stegen and shoot past Samuel Umtiti on the line.

At that stage Barcelona were shaken and with Messi booked for dissent, their sixth yellow card of the game, a frustrating game seemed to be coming to an end.

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