Barcelona struggle but do enough to maintain flawless LaLiga record

Doug Mendoza
September 17, 2017

Well, as it happens, it was neither, with Getafe midfielder Gaku Shibasaki opening the scoring during this afternoon's La Liga clash with an absolute fucking wallop of a volley from 25-yard out.

Barcelona preserved their 100 percent start to the season as Paulinho's late victor secured a 2-1 victory over Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.

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.

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

Table toppers Barcelona have now won five games out of five in the Spanish La Liga. Real Sociedad hosts defending champion Real Madrid on Sunday.

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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.

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

Somewhat against the run of play, Barca should have moved ahead when Samuel Umtiti could only send a close-range free header straight at Vicente Guaita from Andres Iniesta's in-swinging cross.

Denis Suarez equalized in the second half.

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. He also brought a great save out of Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with a wicked free-kick, and nearly scored after Paulinho, seeing a shot deflect wide.

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