Pedri Instrumental as Barcelona Extend Their Lead as La Liga Toppers After 1-0 Win Over Getafe

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Barcelona star midfielder Pedri was highly instrumental as the Catalans maintained their spot as La Liga toppers after a 1-0 victory against Getafe.

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Pedri

The 20-year-old Spain International midfielder, Pedri played a dominant role after his stunning goal sealed Barcelona’s victory at home against Getafe.

The young Spain International is always delightsome to watch as he gets better with each passing game.

Pedri is now becoming an increasingly versatile midfielder, helping Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup last week as he stood firm as an attacking midfielder, sliding into a progressive position alongside Gavi.

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And in yesterday’s La Liga clash, his dominance helped as the 20-year-old Spaniard also grabbed the winning goal, meeting Raphinha’s cross with a well-timed slide.

Thanks to Pedri’s dominant display, his only goal helped the Catalans to keep their spots as the La Liga leaders and extended their advantage over Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old Spaniard was the star of the La Liga match as Barcelona knocked Getafe 1-0 to move six points clear at the top of the La Liga campaign.

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The visitors put up a tough challenge as expected, preventing both Pedri and Gavi from converting a series of kicks and trips for the majority of the game.

Xavi’s side had many of their chances resisted before their efforts eventually paid off in the 35th minute when Pedri converted a cross from Raphinha.

The Catalans’ greatest opportunity arrived from out wide, via France’s Ousmane Dembele and Brazil forward Raphinha.

The Brazilian forward Raphinha finally loosened Getafe’s hard defense with a sweeping low cross from the left to Pedri who side-footed home on the stretch in the 35th minute.

Getafe, who now sit just outside of the relegation zone on goal difference and occupy the 17th spot in the table, continued to frustrate their hosts in the second half with the hope of a comeback.

But efforts from substitute midfielder Franck Kessie who had a snapshot saved late in the match and Juanmi Latasa who headed out a shot in the third minute of stoppage time helped to preserve the 1-0 victory.

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Germany International goalkeeper Marc-Andre

The Germany International goalkeeper Marc-Andre also deserved an accolade as he ensured the Catalans’ defense kept a record of conceding just six goals in the league this season.

Marc-Andre stood high to block Borja Mayoral’s shot before the end of halftime after the Getafe’s striker had seized on Pedri’s poor attempted back pass.

What’s Next for Barcelona?

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Barcelona squad

Barcelona was without suspended forwards Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres in their 1-0 victory over Getafe on Sunday, January 22.

Xavi’s side has extended its unbeaten run to eight league matches and will welcome back the former Bayern Munich star Lewandowski and Ferran Torres for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final home clash against Real Sociedad.

The match will take place at Camp Nou on Wednesday, January 25,
Kickoff time is 9 pm.

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