Ex-Spurs man, Paulinho scores victor as Barca beat Getafe

Ex-Spurs man, Paulinho scores victor as Barca beat Getafe

Barcelona preserved their 100 percent start to the season as Paulinho's late victor secured a 2-1 victory over Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.

Paulinho who arrived at the Camp Nou this summer, came off the bench to net the victor, to ensure their ideal start to the season continues.

Dembele, Barcelona's record signing, had started against Juventus in the club's 3-0 Champions League win on Tuesday. Real Sociedad hosts defending champion Real Madrid on Sunday.

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.

The away side's first shot on target saw Deulofeu bring a save from Vicente Guaita in the 29th minute, before the Getafe goalkeeper kept out a close-range Samuel Umtiti header three minutes later.

Barca struggled to get out of the blocks and the home side nearly took the lead when Gaku Shibasaki's cross to the far post was almost deflected into his own net by centre-back Gerard Pique.

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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.

However, Barcelona responded with fine strike from substitute Denis Suarez in the 62nd minute after great play from Sergi Roberto.

"Before the game started we saw that the grass was long and dry", said the midfielder, who replaced Andres Iniesta at half time.

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

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored a late victor as Barcelona maintained their 100% record in La Liga by coming from behind to beat Getafe.

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