Barcelona fell to their first defeat in La Liga under new coach Ronald Koeman as they lost 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday.
Getafe forward Jaime Mata sent goalkeeper Neto the wrong way from the penalty spot to score the only goal in the 56th minute after Barca midfielder Frenkie de Jong had been penalised for treading on the foot of Djene Dakonam.
Barcelona had played well in the first half and almost took the lead when Lionel Messi thumped a shot against the post, while Antoine Griezmann missed an even clearer chance before halftime, blazing over when through on goal unchallenged.
Their loss followed champions Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 defeat at home to Cadiz earlier on Saturday and left Barca ninth in the standings with seven points after four games, a week before the ‘Clasico’ at home to Madrid.
Barcelona were unable to capitalise on Real Madrid’s slip-up after falling to defeat at Getafe
Jaime Mata was mobbed by his team-mates after capping off a strong showing with a penalty
The Getafe forward made no mistake from 12 yards after Frenkie de Jong’s foul inside the box
Ronald Koeman was forced to experience defeat as Barcelona’s head coach for the first time
Barcelona made a host of attacking chances after falling behind but couldn’t find the equaliser