Ousmane Dembélé injured as Barcelona win over Getafe

Despite Barcelona being onto what many may call a perfect start with 4 wins already in La Liga, today’s 2-1 win over Getafe, along with Paulinho’s first Barcelona goal were outshone by Ousmane Dembélé’s hamstring injury.

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Barcelona’s starting eleven featured the lineup that everyone expected, with the exception of Sergi Roberto being placed at the right-back spot ahead of Benfica signing Nelson Sémédo, who impressed many in his first couple of games for Barcelona (whether that be in the Real Madrid clash, or in the early La Liga fixtures).

Ousmane Dembélé’s injury would come right after a successful backheel, nearly thirty minutes into the game. The player performed his back-heel flick successfully, before the receiving player to be dispossessed; Dembélé would then start aching in the hamstring area, before lying down on the ground and calling for Barcelona’s medical staff to come to his help. He would proceed to leave the pitch, allowing Deulofeu to take his spot on the left flank of Barcelona’s offense.

Getafe would have their fair share of chances, before finally opening the score with a wonder strike from Gaku Shibasaki. Getafe’s Bergara would header the ball backwards, before the Japanese international would launch a powerful volley from outside the box. The ball would find itself in the back of the net, on the top right corner of the goal, as Getafe would now have the lead against the current La Liga leaders.

Successful coaching from Ernesto Valverde would prove to be the key to a well-deserved win from Barcelona in this clash away from home. At half-time, Andrés Iniesta would leave the pitch for another product of la Masia, Denis Suarez. This same Suarez would end up being at the end of a typical Barcelona passing game in the 18-yard box, before Suarez would conclude the play with a powerful near-sighted strike.

Another change would come in the form of Paulinho taking Ivan Rakitić’s place – this same Paulinho that was criticized by many for not being up to the challenge. Just seven minutes after joining his teammates on the pitch, Paulinho would be on the receiving end of a pass from Lionel Messi. The Brazilian would take a few touches before shooting the ball in the bottom corner of the net in a tough angle, giving the lead for Barcelona only minutes before the final whistle.

This win will turn out to be Barcelona’s fourth this season, in just as many games, increasing their advantage over current second-placed Real Sociedad, as the Catalan side will be awaiting the result of the crucial fixture between the latter team and reigning champions Real Madrid.

Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

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