Getafe of Spain midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has admitted he was truly disappointed not being to help his new side get at least a point away to Barcelona, who beat his third-placed side 2-1 to stay on the heels of La Liga title rivals, Real Madrid, but he urged his teammates not to give up, megasportsarena.com reports.
Etebo, who is on loan from Stoke City of Engalnd, started his first match for Getafe, and put up a battling effort to keep them clean in the encounter of Sunday, but he was sad to end the night in defeat, despite helping Getafe make the Spanish champions sweat for all three points.
Indeed, it took the magic of Antoine Griezmann, who ended his league scoring drought, to put Barca ahead, with 33 minutes gone at Nou Camp, before Sergi Roberto doubled the home side’s advantage just six minutes later to leave Getafe facing an uphill task.
Substitute Angel Rodriguez pulled one back for the visitors shortly after the hour mark, and he then had an effort clawed off the line by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and, espite a nervy end, Quique Setien’s side managed to see out the match to move level on points with Real at the top of the table. Zinedine Zidane’s men host Celta Vigo on Sunday.
It turned out to be a huge let down for Etebo, whose team have been the surprise package this season and headed into Saturday’s encounter just one place behind their opponents following a run of four successive wins.
The visitors thought they had opened the scoring midway through the opening period when Allan Nyom followed up Jorge Molina’s saved header to score past ter Stegen, but following a VAR review the strike was chalked off after Nyom was adjudged to have fouled Samuel Umtiti.
With 12 minutes remaining until the interval, Griezmann put the home side in front. Lionel Messi’s perfect pass found the former Atletico Madrid striker, who made no mistake with his finish, clipping the ball over Getafe keeper David Soria, toscore in the league for the first time since netting in a 4-1 win against Alaves on December 21.
Barcelona appeared to have killed the game after 39 minutes when Roberto scored just the second league goal of his career.
Roberto, whose only other league strike for Barca came in a 2-0 home win against Real Betis in August 2017, converted at the back post following Junior Firpo’s cross, as he struck the club’s eighth league goal of the Setien era, and the first which Messi had neither scored nor assisted.
Getafe boss, Jose Bordalas introduced Rodriguez shortly after the break, and the substitute was soon on the score sheet when he volleyed home Jaime Mata’s cross 66 minutes on the clock.
Moments later, Rodriguez, who has scored eight league goals as a substitute this term, saw his flicked shot was stopped by ter Stegen, who then prevented Mata from netting the rebound, after which a deflated Etebo posted: “Disappointing results but we go again lads.”