Paulinho scores late in Barcelona win

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Getafe had taken the lead in the first half through Gaku Shibasaki's stunning volley high into the roof of the net.

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

Paulinho scored his first goal for Barcelona late in the second half of a 2-1 win over Getafe, upholding the club's flawless start to the Spanish league on Saturday.

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

It was the home side that had the first half-chance of the match inside the opening two minutes, but Molina's effort from distance was gathered by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Getafe were inches away from moving in front when a neat passing move ended with Shibasaki's cross from the left being put into the side netting by a stretching Molina only a yard out, with a vital deflection from Pique as the pass was making its way to the striker doing just enough to put him off.

Somewhat against the run of play, Barca should have moved ahead when Samuel Umtiti could only send a close-range free header straight at Vicente Guaita from Andres Iniesta's in-swinging cross.

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. Fellow new recruit Paulinho then became the unlikely hero with a goal that issued a considerable statement to his doubters.

Halftime substitute Denis Suarez curled in the equaliser from inside the box after being set-up by Sergi Roberto in the 62nd minute, 1-1.

Barcelona completed the comeback vs. Getafe and remain flawless in La Liga courtesy of new-signing Paulinho's strike late on.

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