Barcelona held by Getafe, Sevilla snatch a win

Gerard Pique came off in the 83rd minute against Valencia on Thursday

After needing a late equalizer to avoid defeat against crosstown rival Espanyol in the previous round, Barcelona couldn't find the net against midtable Getafe at Camp Nou Stadium.

Barca failed to take a shot on target during the first half of a home game in La Liga for the first time since an April 2012 match against Real Madrid, though Luis Suarez did see a volley ruled out for offside. However, while Getafe have played better in their last six games, they have been very bad away from home.

"We have had a busy month and have just reached a final".

"You can't win every match you play and you can't be consistent all the time", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Following the draw, they are on 59 points, seven points clear of second place Atletico Madrid.

'This league is never easy, we'll have to work hard, ' Valverde added at his post-match press conference.

"We know that they will demand a lot, but I always instil in my players that you can win".

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Against Getafe they were reduced to pairing new signing Yerry Mina alongside left back Lucas Digne in the centre of defence, although the duo did well to keep the visitors at bay.

Inconsistent in defense, Mina was a constant threat on set pieces in attack, almost scoring with a header in the second half. Between what they pressed and us not being fresh, it cost us.

"It was a game at home that was always going to be complicated and, in the end, it was nearly impossible to come out with three points, even though we have tried until the end".

Messi won a free-kick and sent the shot spiralling over - the fear for Getafe was that Bruno Gonzalez catching him in the face with a stray boot while he was on the floor might have made the great man angry.

This was the first time Barcelona had failed to score in a LaLiga game this term and Getafe boss Jose Bordalas thought his side were good value for their point.

"We did enough to win but we have to recall that Getafe played well too". We can't be thinking about the absences of Barcelona and detracting from my team'.

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