Barcelona come back from be­hind to beat Getafe

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Ht Sportsmax - Sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­

MADRID: Sub­sti­tute Paulinho scored a late win­ner as Barcelona came from be­hind to beat Getafe 2-1 and con­tinue their per­fect start to the new LaLiga sea­son.

The visi­tors lost Ous­mane Dem­bele to in­jury in the open­ing pe­riod of his full Liga de­but and their Satur­day af­ter­noon got worse when Ja­pan in­ter­na­tional Gaku Shibasaki scored his first Getafe goal in stun­ning fash­ion be­fore the break.

But an­other of Valverde’s subs, De­nis Suarez, scored his first goal since Jan­uary as the visi­tors bat­tled back in the se­cond half, be­fore Paulinho grabbed the win­ner just as it looked like they would have to set­tle for a draw.


Real Madrid need their record sign­ing Gareth Bale to im­prove, with the Welsh winger hav­ing suf­fered crit­i­cism from sup­port­ers and Span­ish me­dia, coach Zine­dine Zi­dane said on Satur­day.

Bale scored in the first Liga game of the sea­son at De­portivo La Coruna but has not found the net since and was whis­tled by Madrid fans on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the 3-0 Cham­pi­ons League win over Apoel Ni­cosia.

“We want and need him to do more on the pitch, and he does too,” Zi­dane told a news con­fer­ence.

“But we are calm be­cause he will do it soon.”



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