Paulinho saves Barcelona with late victor; Levante draw with Valencia

Paulinho saves Barcelona with late victor; Levante draw with Valencia

Paulinho saves Barcelona with late victor; Levante draw with Valencia

New-signing Paulinho scored in the 84th minute to hand unblemished Barcelona a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Getafe in La Liga action on Saturday.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde made just the one change from the 3-0 win over Juventus on Tuesday night, with Sergi Roberto replacing Nelson Semedo at right-back.

After Barca failed to properly clear a Getafe free-kick, Shibasaki was on hand to absolutely thunder a flawless volley past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and into the top corner.

In the 16th minute Getafe squandered a great opportunity to grab the lead after Molina failed to connect to Baku Shibasaki's deflected cross.

The opening 25 minutes of football passed without Barcelona having a single shot on target, and it got worse for the visitors when Dembele limped off the field with a hamstring injury on his first league start for the club, which saw Gerard Deulofeu introduced off the bench.

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

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Paulinho celebrates his victor at Getafe on Saturday.

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.

However, it wasn't all good news for the Catalans as Ousmane Dembele injured his hamstring after sprinting for the ball just after the 20 minute mark.

Barcelona remain top of the league with 12 points after four games.

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