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Paulinho's late goal seals Barcelona's victory at Getafe

16 September 2017

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

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

Gaku Shibasak got the hosts off to a rocking start six minutes before the break - his sweetly hit left-footed volley from outside of the box left Marc-Andre ter Stegen no chance in the Barca goal as the ball rocketed into the roof of the net.

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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.

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 risky moment.

Ousmane Dembele started his first La Liga game for the Catalan giants, while Sergi Roberto replaced Nelson Semedo at right-back.

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Barca eventually leveled matters after 62 minutes when substitute Denis Suarez fired the ball into the top corner from close range.

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Paulinho - just seven minutes after coming on - collected a Messi pass and showed strength to fend off two home defenders as he charged into the box before firing a fine finish into the far corner, ensuring his side's fine start to the campaign continued.

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It's so important to try to win the game. "Last season after the first game against Monaco it was hard to change the dynamic". The Spanish global was integral to the team keeping a clean sheet and scored an excellent goal in the second half.

Paulinho's late goal seals Barcelona's victory at Getafe