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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez Lead Barcelona To Winning Start 2019

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were both on target as Barcelona won 2-1 at Getafe to extend their lead at the top of La Liga. Messi scored his 16th league goal of the season and Suárez his 12th as Barça went 2-0 up in the first half, while Jaime Mata pulled one back for Getafe before the break. Mata missed an open goal after taking the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen midway through the second half before Messi was twice denied his 400th league goal by the home goalkeeper, David Soria.

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Luis Suárez celebrates scoring the decisive goal against Getafe to extend Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga.

Barca’s 12th league win of the season lifted them clear of their closest challengers, Atlético Madrid, who drew 1-1 with third-placed Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Antoine Griezmann scored with a stunning free-kick on the stroke of half-time to cancel out Wissam Ben Yedder’s opener for the hosts, but the point did little for either side’s title aspirations. Atlético extended their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions but trail Barça by five points while Sevilla, two points further back, have drawn four of their last five league games.

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Marseille crashed out of the French Cup in sensational style on Sunday when fourth-division amateurs Andrezieux beat them 2-0 on a weekend of shocks for big clubs. Andrezieux’s ground is so small that they moved the game to nearby Saint-Etienne but even without home advantage they were too good for their more illustrious opponents and won with a goal in each half. The defeat extended Marseille’s winless run to seven matches in all competitions and they were not the only Ligue 1 side who failed to advance to the last 32.

On Saturday Montpellier, currently riding high in the league in fourth place, conceded in stoppage time to lose 1-0 at the third-tier side L’Entente SSG. Angers also lost 1-0, to the amateur side Viry-Chatillon, while Nimes Olympique were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Lyon Duchère.

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Among the Ligue 1 clubs who did qualify for the next round were Olympique Lyonnais, who beat lower league Bourges 2-0, and Stade de Reims, who beat Lens by the same scoreline. The bottom club Guingamp won 4-2 away at Stade Pontivyen while AS Monaco – currently second-bottom in the league – also got a rare win, knocking out Canet Roussillon 1-0 away from home.