Messi Frustrated As Barca Maintain Wining Start
Spanish La Liga Report: Getafe v Barcelona 16 September 2017
Spanish La Liga
Teams: Getafe 1-2 FC Barcelona
Date: 16 September 2017
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez
Paulinho came off the bench to rescue FC Barcelona, as they maintained their winning start with a 2-1 win over Getafe on Saturday evening.
Ousmane Dembele started his first La Liga game for the Catalan giants, while Sergi Roberto replaced Nelson Semedo at right-back.
Getafe got off to a solid start and they nearly broke the deadlock after just two minutes but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen produced a good save to deny Molina.
The hosts went close once again after 17 minutes, Antunes picked out Molina at the far post, and the latter fired wide from close range.
Barca did not enjoy the best of starts and they were dealt a blow on 26 minutes when Dembele was forced with an injury. He was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.
Getafe then took the lead in the 38th minute when Gaku Shibasaki found the back of the net with a superb volley.
Nevertheless, Barca endured a frustrating half and went into the break trailing.
Ernesto Valverde's charges were struggling to carve out chances, with Sergi Roberto forcing Guaita into a save with an effort from distance in the 57th minute.
Barca eventually leveled matters after 62 minutes when substitute Denis Suarez fired the ball into the top corner from close range.
With just 12 minutes remaining, Valverde opted to introduce Paulinho for Ivan Rakitic as they went in search of a winner.
The change paid off for Barca as Paulinho handed his side the lead with a superb finish in the 84th minute. His first goal for the club.
The Catalan giants managed to see out the closing stages to maintain their perfect record this season.