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

Paulinho scored a late winner for FC Barcelona in their La Liga encounter, but the win was soured with an injury to their new recruit Ousmane Dembele.

football Updated: Sep 16, 2017 23:16 IST
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho celebrates scoring their second goal with Luis Suarez and teammates.(REUTERS)

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

The Brazil international netted his first Barca goal with six minutes remaining as Ernesto Valverde’s men recovered from a dreadful first half to claim a fourth straight top-flight victory in 2017-18.

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The visitors lost Ousmane Dembele to injury in the opening period of his full Liga debut and their Saturday afternoon got worse when Japan international Gaku Shibasaki scored his first Getafe goal in stunning fashion before the break.

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

Leaders Barca now have 12 points from their first four games and sit seven clear of reigning champions Real Madrid, whose game in hand is a testing away trip to in-form Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 22:35 IST