First Division - Day 36

Barcelona 1 - Getafe 0

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Belletti (Oleguer 62'), Puyol, Thuram, Van Bronckhorst; Xavi (Iniesta 93'), Edmilson, Deco; Messi (Motta 90'), Eto'o, Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.
Getafe: Pato Abbondanzieri; Contra, Belenguer, Pulido, Paredes; Mario Cotelo, Casquero, Celestini, Nacho (Albín 60'); Manu del Moral, Verpakovskis (Pachón 60'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Barça: Belletti for Zambrotta / Getafe: Celestini, Verpakovskis for Alberto, Güiza.

1-0. 03. Ronaldinho. Picked up Eto'o pass and rounded defender to score.

Barcelona stay level on points with Real Madrid after beating Getafe 1-0 on Saturday evening, although they remain behind their rivals on head-to-head goal average. Frank Rijkaard's side were looking for revenge for their semi-final cup defeat, and within three minutes they were in front when Eto'o went past two defenders and set up Ronaldinho for him to beat a defender and score. And Ronaldinho almost caught out Abbondanzieri with a free kick a few minutes later which the keeper could only push away from goal.

Getafe had learnt their lessons from Messi's classic goal in the first leg of their cup tie, and tackles were flying in hard and fast. But it was Barcelona who were left a man short after Ronaldinho lashed out with his foot at Belenguer after he was frustrated once again by the defender close to half time.

Even so Eto'o had a couple of chances to increase the lead early in the second half, the first with a shot wide and the second a header which a defender deflected over the bar, and Deco almost caught out Abbondanzieri with a free kick from a wide angle. But in the end the fans were calling for the final whistle after Pachón just failed to get on the end of Manu's cross and then when Valdés had to tip a dipping shot from Celestini over the bar.