Ousmane Dembele suffers hamstring injury in first Barcelona league start

Barcelona fear hamstring tear for injured Dembele

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

Denis Suarez believes Barcelona's critics were wrong to doubt the squad's quality after they continued their flawless start to the new La Liga season with a dramatic 2-1 win at Getafe.

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

A miserable first half on Saturday saw Barca lose Ousmane Dembele to injury on his full LaLiga debut and fall behind courtesy of Gaku Shibasaki's spectacular strike for the hosts.

Table toppers Barcelona have now won five games out of five in the Spanish La Liga.

Barca's fine start to the season means they already sit seven points clear of reigning champions Real Madrid, whose game in hand is a testing away trip to in-form Real Sociedad on Sunday.


The France winger who an initial €105million, was making his first La Liga start for the Catalans, picked up a hamstring injury and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored a late victor as Barcelona maintained their 100% record in La Liga by coming from behind to beat Getafe.

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

Valverde introduced Paulinho in his final change, but it was Getafe who nearly grabbed a shock victor when Mauro Arambarri's deflected effort bounced off the foot of the post.

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.

Player ratingsBarcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6, Sergi Roberto 7, Gerard Pique 6, Samuel Umtiti 6, Jordi Alba 6, Sergio Busquets 6, Ivan Rakitic 6, Andres Iniesta 5, Ousmane Dembele 5, Luis Suarez 6, Lionel Messi 7.

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