Marc-Andre ter Stegen became the first goalkeeper in Barcelona’s history to provide a La Liga assist in the 21st century during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Getafe.
Ter Stegen got his historic assist just four minutes before the break against Getafe, where his long clearance found Luis Suarez to put Barcelona ahead.
The German goalkeeper was in fine form during the game after denying Angel from close range. He then kept the Getafe at bay for the remainder of the first half before unexpectedly turning provider.
It occurred when Ter Stegen came racing out of the area to clear a loose ball. Rather than just kick it to safety, however, he instead cooly picked out Suarez.
The Uruguayan striker then latched on to Ter Stegen’s pass and lifted the ball over Getafe goalkeeper David Soria to put Barcelona ahead in Madrid.
Summer signing Junior Firpo later doubled the Blaugrana’s lead just four minutes into the second half. He did so by capitalising on Soria spilling Carles Perez’s goal-bound shot.
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While undoubtedly relieved to win, however, Ernesto Valverde wouldn’t have been pleased by Clement Lenglet’s late sending off for a second yellow card.
Nevertheless, it was a welcome three points for Barcelona after last weekend’s disastrous 2-0 defeat to Granada.
The result in the Spanish capital moves them up to second place in La Liga until, at least, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have played each other later tonight.
For now, though, Valverde’s men will turn their focus onto Wednesday’s Champions League game against Inter Milan.
They will undoubtedly hope for some more Ter Stegen magic with Lionel Messi unlikely to feature. The club’s skipper is nursing a thigh injury at the moment, and it’s unclear when exactly he’ll return.