Copa Del Rey: Philippe Coutinho Makes Debut As Barcelona Beat Espanyol At Camp Nou (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

25th, January 2018

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Philippe Coutinho finally made his Barcelona debut on Thursday night, with the former Liverpool playmaker emerging from the bench during his side’s 2-0 Copa Del Rey victory over Espanyol.

The £142million Brazilian played the final 22 minutes of the game at the Nou Camp, coming on with his side already 2-0 up.

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Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the hosts on nine minutes, courtesy of a close-ranger header at the back stick….

Then, with 25 minutes gone, Lionel Messi netted the 4,000th goal ever scored at the Nou Camp, via a deflected effort.

Not one of Messi’s finest but it does mean that, of the 4,000 goals scored at Barca’s stadium since they moved in in 1957, an impressive 10% have been either scored or assisted by the Argentinian superstar.

In his cameo role, Coutinho almost notched himself an assist, only for Suarez’s shot to be saved by Pau Lopez.

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After winning 1-0 in the first-leg, Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol team needed just one goal to force the game into extra-time.

Unfortunately for the former Watford boss, Barca would hold on to book their place in the last four of the cup with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Prior to the game, Javier Mascherano said his goodbyes to the Barca faithful ahead of his move to China.

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However, in Coutinho, the Nou Camp have a new superstar to cherish for years to come.

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