MADRID, Nov 10 (Reuters) Getafe returned to haunt Barcelona as they condemned Frank Rijkaard's side to a 2-0 defeat in the Primera Liga today.
The last time Barca visited the Coliseum six months ago Getafe knocked them out of the King's Cup in the semi-finals by overturning a 5-2 first-leg deficit with a stunning 4-0 win.
This time the modest Madrid-based club put in a similarly gritty performance with Manuel del Moral giving them the lead after 28 minutes. Uruguayan Juan Albin made sure of a deserved three points with a second goal at the end.
Off-colour Barcelona missed the chance to knock Real Madrid off the top of the standings, and stay a point back in second.
The leaders host Real Mallorca at the Bernabeu tomorrow.
Michael Laudrup's Getafe climbed to 11th with their third consecutive win.
Later today, Ronald Koeman takes charge of Valencia for his first league game at home to promoted Real Murcia.
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