Valencia falls to Getafe despite 65-minute man advantage

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Barcelona just got an early Christmas gift in the La Liga title race.

A lackluster performance by Valencia on the road at Getafe saw the visitors fall 1-0 despite a red card to Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri in just the 25th minute. Valencia held 68% possession but only out-shot the home side 13-11, 6-3 on target.

Arambarri committed two yellow-card offenses within a four-minutes span, seeing him off before the half-hour mark. After finding themselves a man down, Getafe resorted to a foul-heavy strategy, committing 18 fouls in the match.

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Markel Bergara was the man to pull off the upset as his speculative shot from outside the top of the box, and it took a heavy deflection off a Valencia defender and slipped into the top corner past Neto for the lead.

The loss means Barcelona extends its lead to five points despite a draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday. Valencia also remains just three points above Real Madrid despite their 0-0 draw to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Atletico Madrid also sits just two points of behind Valencia.