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MADRID: Seydou Keita scored a second-half equaliser on Sunday for Barcelona to draw 1-1 with Getafe and see its winning streak in the Spanish league football halted at nine matches.
Keita headed in Daniel Alves’ cross to the far post in the 72nd minute at the Camp Nou stadium to extend Barcelona’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 games.
Barcelona has 29 points; Real Madrid has 26, followed by Villarreal on 25. Valencia and Sevilla are both on 24.
Getafe’s Manu del Moral gathered his own blocked pass to curl a 20-meter shot beyond goalkeeper Victor Valdes to score in the 19th minute.
Barcelona struggled to respond with Bojan Krkic unable to find any rhythm along the right flank and Xavi Hernandez turning the ball over in midfield.
Samuel Eto’o hit the bar from long range in the 39th, before coach Pep Guardiola brought on Thierry Henry for Krkic in the 56th. Valdes let Juan Angel Albin’s high shot slip through his hands in the 70th but it flashed past by the post. The host then dominated, with Henry and Carles Puyol both heading wide from close range after Keita’s goal.
Also on Sunday, Francesco Totti scored one and set up another in AS Roma’s 3-0 victory over Lecce.
Totti scored in the 49th minute by flicking a shot over goalkeeper Francesco Benussi, who was at the edge of the area to cut off Totti’s angle.
The results: Primera Liga: Real Mallorca 2 (Josemi 17, Webo 68) drew with Malaga 2 (Ramis 12, Baha 23); Osasuna 3 (Panadiani 13, Pellerano 71-og, Vadocz 90) bt Almeria 1 (Negredo 6-pen); Numancia 1 (Barkero 90-pen) drew with Atletico Madrid 1 (Forlan 34). Racing Santander 3 (Marcano 9, Serrano 27, Jonathan Pereira 59) bt Espanyol 0. Sporting Gijon 1 (Castro 25) lost to Real Betis 2 (Monzon 52, Emana 59), Barcelona 1 (Keita 71) drew with Getafe 1 (Manu del Moral 19), Deportivo La Coruna 3 (Ze Castro 20, Verdu 43-pen, Guardado 90) bt Athletic Bilbao 1 (Martinez 71).
Serie A: Bologna 1 (Di Vaio 20) drew with Palermo 1 (Succi 90), Chievo 0 lost to Siena 2 (Galloppa 83-pen, Maccarone 88-pen). Lazio 1 (Dabo 80) drew with Genoa 1 (Milito 69), Lecce 0 lost to AS Roma 3 (Vucinic 11, Juan 38, Totti 49), Napoli 2 (Hamsik 9, Lavezzi 84) drew with Cagliari 2 (Lopez 56, Conti 90), Reggina 3 (Cozza 10, Corradi 21, 79) lost to Atalanta 1 (Doni 90), Sampdoria 3 (Bellucci 6, Cassano 62, 90) bt Catania 0. Torino 2 (Stellone 25, Rosina 78-pen) drew with AC Milan 2 (Pato 29, Ronaldinho 34). — Agencies
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