Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ousmane Dembele suffers hamstring injury in first Barcelona league start

Ousmane Dembele suffers hamstring injury in first Barcelona league start

Barcelona face an anxious wait to discover the severity of the injury that forced Ousmane Dembele to hobble out of Saturday's 2-1 victory over Getafe.

Getafe took the lead through Gaku Shibasaki, but an average Barca drew level thanks to Denis Suarez.

It was Dembele's first league start in a Barcelona shirt, but it lasted less than half and hour.

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Entering this fixture Barcelona had taken a maximum nine points from the nine available and hadn't conceded a goal.

Ter Stegen was also called into action in the ninth minute to gather a deflected strike from Faycal Fajr, before Gerard Pique picked up a booking for hauling Molina to the ground just outside the Barcelona box.

Denis Suarez, on as a substitute, levelled the game up for Barcelona and the victor came from a summer signing, Paulinho, with the victor powering his way into the penalty area and scoring from an acute angle.

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Getafe had a wonderful chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when a deflected Shibasaki cross fell for Molina at the far post, but the striker turned just the wrong side of the post as Barcelona survived another unsafe moment. Certainly not a vintage performance by his standards, but Messi was still key as Barca made it four wins out of four, providing the assist for Paulinho's goal.

The midfielder latched on to Lionel Messi's pass, surged forward and held off a challenge from Djene, before smashing home a superb finish across Vicente Guaita and into the far corner of the net.

And Paulinho was happy to get off the mark for his new side.

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

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