Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for Barcelona, helping them reach the Copa Del Rey final for the fifth consecutive year.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in a 2-0 win at Valencia which sent Barcelona through 3-0 on aggregate to the Cope Del Rey Final. It was the Brazilians first goal for the club since his £146m move from Liverpool during the winter transfer window.
Coutinho came on as a sub for Barcelona at half-time after starting the game on the bench. The game was poised at 0-0, and it only took the Magician four minutes to open the scoring and put Barca 2-0 up on aggregate when he slide in a cross from his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez.
The Brazilian went onto post the following comments on the official Barcelona twitter feed after the game: “I feel happy to have scored my first goal for Barca and have helped the team get to the final.
“It’s a special moment.”
Barcelona will now meet Seville in the final when the teams meet on April 21st. The venue for the final has still not been decided, but according to Marca its going to be either a choice between Santiago Bernabeu, Wanda Metropolitano, Mestalla or San Mames.
The game will be the first final and chance for silverware under new boss Ernesto Valverde and Coutinho’s chance to win his first trophy since his move. After the game Valverde stated: “Barca are used to reaching and playing in the finals. In my case, not so much.
“I feel very happy as it is the fifth consecutive final that the players of this team are going to play, something very complicated to repeat and repeat.
“We thought it would be very difficult and that’s how it was, but we’re going home with the final ticket in our pocket.”