Dembele injured in first half of Barcelona game

Ruben Hill
September 16, 2017

Messi thought that he had levelled the scores in first-half stoppage time with a sensational free kick, but Guaita made an outstanding save to ensure that the hosts would take a one-goal lead into the interval.

Last season's Copa Del Rey winners are priced at 6/4 (2.50) to win with a -2 handicap and that is possibly worthy of some interest, although more tempting are the odds of evens (2.00) for over 1.5 goals in the first half.

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

With just 12 minutes remaining, Valverde opted to introduce Paulinho for Ivan Rakitic as they went in search of a victor.

Leaders Barca now have 12 points from their first four games and sit seven clear of reigning champions Real Madrid, whose game in hand is a testing away trip to in-form Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Getafe got off to a solid start and they almost broke the deadlock after just two minutes but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen produced a good save to deny Molina.

Dembele, making his first start in La Liga, fell to the ground clutching his hamstring after sprinting for the ball just after the 20 minute mark.

Samuel Umtiti, meanwhile, powered a header at goal, but it was saved by Vicente Guaita.

Getafe hero Shibasaki had to leave the match with an injury of his own early in the second half, shortly before Sergi Roberto tested Guaita.

Japanese worldwide Shibasaki took matters into his own hands as he opened the scoring for Getafe with a spectacular volley from the edge of the box in the 39th minute, 1-0.

Luis Suarez had a penalty claim turned down after tangling with Djene Dakonam in the box, ultimately earning himself a booking after continuous dissent.

The Argentine has enjoyed games against Getafe in the past, netting 16 times in all competitions against Los Azulones and he can surely fire Barca to another victory in Madrid.

The change paid off for Barca as Paulinho handed his side the lead with a superb finish in the 84th minute.

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