Paulinho snatches victory for FC Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele suffers injury scare


Barcelona extended their 100 per cent start in LaLiga as substitute Paulinho's late strike secured a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Getafe.

Substitute Paulinho scored a late victor as Barcelona came from behind to beat Getafe 2-1 and continue their flawless start to the new LaLiga season.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde made just the one change from the 3-0 win over Juventus on Tuesday night, with Sergi Roberto replacing Nelson Semedo at right-back.

Barcelona's fourth straight win opened a three-point lead over Real Sociedad, the only other team which entered the weekend with a ideal record.

Getafe remain on four points and have now gone 10 LaLiga matches without a home win, despite a courageous performance.

Big-money signing Ousmane Dembele was forced off on his first league start for Barca with an apparent hamstring problem and the hosts took a deserved lead in the 39th minute thanks to a superb Gaku Shibasaki volley.

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

Dembele, making his first start in La Liga, fell to the ground clutching his hamstring after sprinting for the ball just after the 20-minute mark.

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Samuel Umtiti, meanwhile, powered a header at goal, but it was saved by Vicente Guaita.

Lionel Messi had a quiet first half until he sent a brilliant 30-yard free-kick towards goal in stoppage time, only for Guaita, at full stretch, to push it on to the crossbar as Getafe went into the break ahead.

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

Luis Suarez had a penalty claim turned down after tangling with Djene Dakonam in the box, ultimately earning himself a booking after continuous dissent.

Argentina global 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.

However, despite being off-colour for much of the game, Barca were not to be denied a victor.

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