Paulinho's late strike helps Barcelona maintain 100% start in La Liga

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Barcelona come from one goal behind to record a 2-1 win over Getafe in Saturday afternoon's entertaining La Liga contest in Madrid.

With time running out Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde introduced Paulinho in the 78th minute.

Now, as I write this, Paulinho has actually just scored a lovely goal, but it still can't come close to what Japanese global Shibasaki did in the first half to give Getafe the lead.

"We have shown that we can come back", he said.

Shibasaki squared the ball across Ter Stegen's goal on the overlap and took a deflection off Pique, which rolled just wide of the German's right-hand post.

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.

The away side's first shot on target saw Deulofeu bring a save from Vicente Guaita in the 29th minute, before the Getafe goalkeeper kept out a close-range Samuel Umtiti header three minutes later.

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

Messi nearly found a quick-fire equaliser, his free kick curling towards Guaita's top-left corner, but the goalkeeper managed to tip it over.

Paulinho came off the Barcelona bench in the 77th minute as the league leaders looked to hurt Getafe late on, but it was the home side that nearly scored 10 minutes from time, with Sergio Mora having a low shot deflected onto the post.

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

Getafe hero Shibasaki had to leave the match with an injury of his own early in the second half, shortly before Sergi Roberto tested Guaita.

Barcelona continued their fine start to the new La Liga season with a hard-fought win over Getafe.

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