Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Paulinho nets late victor

Barcelona's record 105 million-euro signing Ousmane Dembele who is set to be sidelined for up to four months after a hamstring injury has made just three appearances for Barca since sealing his move from Borussia Dortmund last month Barcelona fear hamstring tear for injured Dembele
Spencer Simpson | 17 September, 2017, 00:31

Japanese worldwide Shibasaki took matters into his own hands as he opened the scoring for Getafe with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box in the 39th minute, 1-0.

Ousmane Dembele hobbled off injured on his first league start, as Denis Suarez clipped in Barca's leveller.

But another of Valverde's subs, Denis Suarez, struck for the first time since January as the visitors battled back in the second half, before Paulinho grabbed the victor just as it looked like they would have to settle for a draw.

The result keeps Ernesto Valverde's side top of the table, having won all four of their games so far this season. Real Sociedad hosts defending champion Real Madrid on Sunday.

In the 16th minute Getafe squandered a great opportunity to grab the lead after Molina failed to connect to Baku Shibasaki's deflected cross.

The equaliser then came on 62 minutes as Barca regained possession down the right, allowing Roberto to cut back for Denis Suarez, who had replaced Iniesta at the break, to take a touch and send an impressive finish into the top corner from 12 yards.

In first half stoppage time Guaita produced a good save to turn Lionel Messi's free kick away for a corner.

Barcelona completed the comeback vs. Getafe and remain flawless in La Liga courtesy of new-signing Paulinho's strike late on.

Argentina worldwide Lionel Messi nearly levelled the scores just before the break but his brilliant free-kick, that seemed destined for the top-left corner, was superbly tipped around the post.

Paulinho came off the Barcelona bench in the 77th minute as the league leaders looked to hurt Getafe late on, but it was the home side that nearly scored 10 minutes from time, with Sergio Mora having a low shot deflected onto the post.

Paulinho came on as a second-half substitute and powered his way into the box before netting from a tight angle.

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