Subs to the res­cue

De­nis Suarez and Paulinho lead Barca to vic­tory over un­lucky Getafe

Sport360 - - Football La Liga - By Andy West @andy­west01 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Sub­sti­tutes De­nis Suarez and Paulinho got Barcelona out of jail to main­tain their 100 per cent record with an un­de­served vic­tory over Getafe.

The sub­dued vis­i­tors, who lost record sign­ing Ous­mane Dem­bele to a ham­string in­jury, were sec­ond best for long pe­ri­ods and fell be­hind to a won­der-strike from Gaku Shibasaki be­fore the break.

But de­spite cre­at­ing few chances, Barca bounced back in the sec­ond pe­riod and lev­elled through De­nis be­fore Paulinho struck an ex­cel­lent late win­ner.

Getafe had their first shot on tar­get af­ter just 70 sec­onds through Jorge Molina, who soon threat­ened again by nut­meg­ging Ger­ard Pique only for the vis­it­ing de­fender to com­mit a des­per­ate foul on the edge of the box.

Dem­bele then daw­dled in pos­ses­sion and Getafe nearly prof­ited as Shibasaki’s cross de­flected off Pique and drifted just wide.

Dem­bele soon hob­bled off, but his team fi­nally fash­ioned their first chance af­ter 31 min­utes, with Andres Ini­esta de­liv­er­ing a cross which found Sa­muel Umtiti un­marked but his header was straight at Vi­cente Guaita.

Getafe re­mained on top and the opener soon ar­rived when Shibasaki met Markel Ber­gara’s down­ward header with a sub­lime left-footed vol­ley to give Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen no chance and reg­is­ter an con­tender for goal of the sea­son.

Barca nearly grabbed an un­de­served lev­eller on the stroke of half­time when Ini­esta was fouled 30 yards from goal, but Getafe keeper Guaita pro­duced a stun­ning save to deny Lionel Messi’s vi­cious free­kick to­wards the top left cor­ner.

Ini­esta made way for De­nis at the break, and the change paid off just af­ter the hour mark as Sergi Roberto won a loose ball and cut back a cross for De­nis, who ex­pertly steered it be­yond the dive of Guaita.

Getafe looked more likely to seal the three points as Al­varo Jimenez’s long-ranger forced Ter Ste­gen into an awk­ward save and then Mauro Aram­barri had an ef­fort de­flected onto the post by Roberto.

But late on the oth­er­wise sur­pris­ingly quiet Messi drift­ing for­ward to find Paulinho, who charged into the box be­fore un­leash­ing a pow­er­ful strike into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Bet­ter call Paul: Paulinho (r), whose sum­mer sign­ing was ques­tioned, scored his first goal for Barcelona in timely fash­ion.

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