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    Getafe forces draw to end Barcelona’s run of eight straight victories

    Dec 14, 2014
    Barcelona striker Lionel Messi tries to get past Getafe defenders at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid. AP

    BARCELONA played to a scoreless draw at Getafe in La Liga on Saturday, halting its run of eight straight victories in all competitions.

    The closest Barcelona came to scoring was Lionel Messi's free kick that hit the crossbar in the second half.

    Luis Suarez remained without a goal in the league since joining Barcelona.

    The Spanish power fell four points behind first-place Madrid.

    Meanwhile, Arjen Robben scored twice for unbeaten Bayern Munich, which routed third-place Augsburg, 4-0, to increase its Bundesliga lead.

    Bayern, the defending champion, will remain in first place going into the Bundesliga's winter break. It is in front by 10 points over Wolfsburg, which hosts Paderborn on Sunday.

    Robben's goals came between strikes from defender Mehdi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski.

    Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin to return to the relegation zone.

    InItaly, Palermo beat nine-man Sassuolo 2-1 to move into the top half of Serie A and extend its unbeaten streak to seven matches.

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    The Sicilian side leapfrogged Sassuolo by moving into ninth place. Sassuolo, whose unbeaten streak halted at eight, dropped to 11th.

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    Barcelona striker Lionel Messi tries to get past Getafe defenders at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid. AP
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