Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ousmane Dembele Injures Hamstring vs. Getafe, Replaced by Gerard Deulofeu

Ousmane Dembele Injures Hamstring vs. Getafe, Replaced by Gerard Deulofeu

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

Messi thought that he had levelled the scores in first-half stoppage time with a sensational free kick, but Guaita made an outstanding save to ensure that the hosts would take a one-goal lead into the interval.

Barcelona face an anxious wait to discover the severity of the injury that forced Ousmane Dembele to hobble out of Saturday's match against Getafe.

But Denis Suarez and Paulinho struck to give Ernesto Valverde's side their fifth win on the bounce across all competitions.

A thunderbolt from Gaku Shibasaki had seen Getafe lead in the latter stages of the first period, but Denis Suarez and Paulinho both came off the Barcelona bench to win it for the league leaders.

The France winger who an initial €105million, was making his first La Liga start for the Catalans, picked up a hamstring injury and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.

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

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

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

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

And Paulinho was happy to get off the mark for his new side.

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