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Barcelona rejects Sevilla generosity

Catalan side still in second after drawing with Getafe

Barcelona's  Eidur Gudjohnsen, left, tries to beat Getafe's goalkeeper Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri 'Pato' during a Spanish league match in Getafe, Sp...

Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen, left, tries to beat Getafe's goalkeeper Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri 'Pato' during a Spanish league match in Getafe, Sp...

Reigning champion Barcelona missed the chance to go top of the Spanish Primera Liga on Sunday when it was held 1-1 at Getafe.
Leader Sevilla had opened the door for Barcelona to regain pole position when the league leader went down 2-1 at Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
Third-placed Real Madrid also failed to close in on the leaders after losing 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna where it has not won for 14 years.
Barca came up against a highly-motivated Getafe that has only lost once in its Coliseum stadium in the Madrid suburbs this season.
But the draw did at least close the gap at the top to two points and Barcelona has a game in hand.
Missing suspended superstars Deco and Ronaldinho, with Samuel Eto'o (knee) and Lionel Messi (foot) out injured, Frank Rijkaard's side was trailing after 54 minutes after a howler from Mexican defender Rafael Marquez.
The normally reliable Marquez blundered his pass to goalie Victor Valdes, gifting the ball to David Guiza, who fired into the net.
Xavi saved face for Barcelona with a free kick equalizer after 70 minutes.
Both of Deportivo's goals came courtesy of defensive errors, the first from a mix-up between Jose Antonio Reyes and Argentinian debutant Fernando Gago.
Joan Capdevilla was on hand to benefit and on 55 minutes, Cristian made the most of a mistake by Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro to double the host's advantage.
The victory ended a run of 10 league games without a win for Deportivo while Real slumped to its third defeat in the last four games and remained five points off Sevilla.
In other games Sunday: Real Betis 1, Celta Vigo 0; Levante 2, Racing Santander 0; Espanyol 0, Recreativo Huelva 1; Real Mallorca 1, Athletic Bilbao 3; Villareal 0, Valencia 1.