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Pedro hat-trick in nine minutes gives Barcleona comeback win

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Barcelona found themselves 2-0 down inside 14 minutes at Getafe, but rallied for a 5-2 victory thanks to a hat-trick by Pedro.

With Neymar and Lionel Messi both unavailable, Pedro took his opportunity in the spotlight well.

The 26-year-old picked up his first goal in the 34th minute when he broke free and chipped off Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Moya’s fingertips to get Barcelona back within one.

Six minutes later he broke down the left flank and his teammates found the run. Pedro latched onto the through ball, cut back inside, and rifled across face to the far corner.

The third came just two minutes later as Jordi Alba’s cross banged off Valera’s legs and fell right to Pedro in the box, who strongly finished for his hat-trick.

Cesc Fabregas added two more in the second half and the La Liga leaders kept pace with Atletico Madrid, who beat Levante 3-2. Both teams are level on 46 points but Barcelona have a 2-goal advantage in differential.

Messi is still nursing a hamstring injury, and Neymar was suspended for yellow-card accumulation.

Diego Costa baffles Getafe with bicycle kick goal in 7-0 win

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It looked a bit awkward, but in a 7-0 thrashing of Getafe, it was Diego Costa who stole the headlines.

The 25-year-old Brazilian baffled his mark, substitute defender Arroyo, when he posted up for a bit of an awkward bicycle kick in the 69th minute, but no matter how it looked the ball ended up in the back of the net.

It appeared Costa wanted to instead try a scissor kick, but with the ball too high, he made the decision at the last possible minute to throw his body at the cross from Gabi.

All Arroyo could do was throw his hands in the air after the goal, the fifth of the match that would ultimately see David Villa and Raul Garcia each bag a brace.

The match also saw an own goal by the home side as well as a second yellow for Getafe defender Valera.

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