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Valencia falls to Getafe despite 65-minute man advantage

Getafe v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga

GETAFE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 18: Ibai Gomez of Deportivo Alaves gestures during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Deportivo Alaves at Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium on November 18, 2017 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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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.

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