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

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Elias Hubbard | 17 September, 2017, 01:07

Barcelona came from behind this afternoon to take the three points on offer against Getafe.

Barcelona flawless start in the La Liga continued after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Getafe on a day the Spanish giant nearly failed to come to the party.

The first shot of game fell to Getafe's Molina in the second minute who shot straight at Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

The Frenchman had appeared as a substitute in the 5-0 thrashing of Espanyol in the last game and provided a late assist for Luis Suarez.

Getafe had a wonderful chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when a deflected Shibasaki cross fell for Molina at the far post, but the striker turned just the wrong side of the post as Barcelona survived another unsafe moment.

Ousmane Dembele was forced off the field with a suspected hamstring injury halfway through the first half and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.

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

The midfielder latched on to Lionel Messi's pass, surged forward and held off a challenge from Djene, before smashing home a superb finish across Vicente Guaita and into the far corner of the net.

Halftime substitute Denis Suarez curled in the equaliser from inside the box after being set-up by Sergi Roberto in the 62nd minute, 1-1.

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

Paulinho celebrates after his winning goal helps Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1.

Barcelona will attempt to make it five straight La Liga wins at the start of the new season when they welcome Eibar on Tuesday night, while next up for Getafe is a trip to Celta Vigo on Thursday.

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