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Barcelona struggle but do enough to maintain flawless LaLiga record

17 September, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Spanish La Liga match report Getafe v FC Barcelona 16 September 2017

Barcelona will feel fortunate to leave with all three points after being nowhere near their best against an impressive Getafe outfit.

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.

Dembele, Barcelona's record signing, had started against Juventus in the club's 3-0 Champions League win on Tuesday.

Ousmane Dembele's full La Liga debut with Barcelona following a 105 million-euro ($125 million) move from Borussia Dortmund lasted just 29 minutes as the Frenchman pulled up with a hamstring injury.

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

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Signed in the summer transfer window for a club-record £96.8m to replace Neymar, who joined Paris St-Germain, Dembele was making his first league start for Barcelona.

In first half stoppage time Guaita produced a good save to turn Lionel Messi's free kick away for a corner.

It was Paulinho that came up trumps in the 84th minute, however, with the Brazilian finding the far corner with a terrific finish to register his first Barcelona goal, which proved to be the difference on the afternoon.

The victory keeps Barca ideal in La Liga on the young season, with 12 points from four matches.

Denis Suarez believes Barcelona's critics were wrong to doubt the squad's quality after they continued their flawless start to the new LaLiga season with a dramatic 2-1 win at Getafe.

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