Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Coutinho's brilliant first goal leads Barca into Copa final

Coutinho's brilliant first goal leads Barca into Copa final

Ernesto Valverde started the 25-year-old on the bench for the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Valencia.

The Brazil worldwide, a €160million signing from Liverpool last month, came off the bench at Mestalla to break the deadlock as Barca claimed a 2-0 win over Valencia and a 3-0 aggregate triumph.

Luis Suarez's cross from the left side early in the second half saw the former Liverpool star slide to reach the ball to score his first goal for Barcelona.

But after scoring his first goal, Coutinho is ready to kick on in Spain, while giving a special thanks to Luis Suarez for the assist.

The 3-0 aggregate victory sends Barcelona into a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final.

Indeed, the final will be a rematch of the 2016 event, which Barcelona won 2-0 after extra time.

The Brazilian was on the scoresheet as his side advanced to the finals of the Copa del Rey.

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And speaking openly about his niggling knee injury, Suarez said: "It anxious me a lot, much more than the goals, because I've been on streaks where I haven't scored before".

He continued: 'It's a special moment.

Watch Coutinho's first goal down below.

On game No5, however, the goal finally arrived - with a little help from Suarez.

"We're really happy to reach the final. But there's a long way to go until the final", Coutinho told GOL TV, as quoted by the Spanish publication Sport. But we saw it very clearly, we had to try to move the top part a bit.

Valencia - who are third in La Liga, 18 points behind leaders Barca - had two key chances but were well beaten by a team that looks certain to win the league title.

The finish was a superb one as the angle was incredibly tight and it was clear on his face and in his celebration just how important his first goal for Barcelona was to both the player and the team.

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