PAULINHO RES­CUES BARCA AT GETAFE

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Madrid, Spain - Paulinho scored his first Barcelona goal six min­utes from time as the Cata­lan gi­ant came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Getafe on Satur­day and open up a sev­en­point lead over Real Madrid.

Barca was dealt a dou­ble blow be­fore half-time as record sign­ing Ous­mane Dem­bele limped off with a ham­string in­jury be­fore Gaku Shibasaki's sen­sa­tional vol­ley put Getafe in front. How­ever, Barca's re­sponded thanks to its sub­sti­tutes as both De­nis Suarez and Paulinho came from the bench to turn the game around.

Getafe scored soon af­ter Dem­bele was re­placed by Ger­ard Deulofeu. Roberto's headed clear­ance fell invit­ingly for Shibasaki to thun­der an un­stop­pable dip­ping vol­ley beyond Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen.

It was sub­sti­tute Suarez who in­spired Barca's re­vival as he col­lected Roberto's cut-back from the right wing be­fore bend­ing the ball high past Guaita into the top cor­ner.

The hosts were hit with a sucker punch when Paulinho burst onto Messi's through ball and smashed across the de­spair­ing Guaita into the cor­ner. Other re­sults: Le­vante 1 Va­len­cia 1; Fri­day: Eibar 1 Le­ganes 0.

(AFP)

Manch­ester City's Ser­gio Aguero cel­e­brates af­ter a goal against Wat­ford on Satur­day

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