Getafe 1 Barcelona 2

Getafe 1 Barcelona 2

With time running out Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde introduced Paulinho in the 78th minute.

Barcelona face an anxious wait to discover the severity of the injury that forced Ousmane Dembele to hobble out of Saturday's 2-1 victory over Getafe.

Dembele made his first start for Barca and Sergi Roberto replaced Nelson Semedo at right-back, in an otherwise-unchanged XI.

As for Getafe, Jorge Molina once again led the line for the capital outfit, while Japan worldwide Shibasaki also kept his position in the team.

Ter Stegen was also called into action in the ninth minute to gather a deflected strike from Faycal Fajr, before Gerard Pique picked up a booking for hauling Molina to the ground just outside the Barcelona box.

Signed for an initial €105 million ($156.6 million), ex-Borussia Dortmund winger Dembele had made his first Barca start against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday (AEST), having come on as a substitute at home to Espanyol last week, his first game in the club's colours.


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

Gaku Shibasaki put the hosts ahead with a thunderbolt drive in the 39th minute.

Both teams continued to press for a victor but it was the visitors who managed to strike the decisive blow when Paulinho, who was brought on in the second half in place of Ivan Rakitic, drove into the box before firing a lovely finish across the keeper.

The visitors continued to dominate the possession approaching the final 15 minutes, but clear chances were few and far between as Getafe defended their own penalty box in impressive fashion. Fellow new recruit Paulinho then became the unlikely hero with a goal that issued a considerable statement to his doubters.

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

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