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Coutinho Debuts As Barca Progress To Copa Del Rey Semis

Copa Del Rey Report: FC Barcelona v Espanyol 25 January 2018

By SL International - Jan 26, 2018 12:23 AM
Spanish Copa del Rey
 
Result: FC Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol (2-1 agg.)
 
Date: 25 January 2018
 
Venue: Camp Nou
 
FC Barcelona secured their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over local rivals Espanyol at Camp Nou in Thursday night’s quarter-final second leg, sealing a 2-1 aggregate victory.
 
The Blaugrana came out guns blazing, hungry to avenge their 1-0 first leg defeat. It only took until the ninth minute for them to reverse their deficit. Aleix Vidal’s cross from the right found Luis Suárez at the far post and the Uruguayan nodded home effortlessly.
 
Almost inevitably, Barcelona then took the aggregate lead in the 25th minute. Lionel Messi’s wickedly deflected shot from just outside the box wrong-footed former Tottenham keeper Pau López and found the back of the net.
 
Messi continued to cause nightmares for the Espanyol defence and persistently threatened to score his second goal before the half-time break. However, the visitors did just enough to prevent that.
 
The second half got off to a slow start, with Barcelona looking comfortable. Ernesto Valverde decided to bring new signing Philippe Coutinho into the fray 67 minutes in, taking off Andrés Iniesta.
 
Coutinho nearly bagged an assist just seven minutes after coming on, setting up Suárez for a close-range shot with a pass from the left. López reacted brilliantly to deny first the former Liverpool striker and then Ivan Rakitic on the follow-up.
 
In the 88th minute, Messi came agonisingly close to sealing the tie, heading against the post after meeting a delightful Rakitic cross.
 
Although they could easily have scored more goals, the defending champions nevertheless prevailed, keeping their hopes of a third treble in nine years alive. Espanyol gave a good account of themselves, but were simply outclassed in the end.


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Messi and Suarez every week?!!! Boring now! Hope Phillipe brings change (scoring sheet)
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This is a new era of football, the diva left to PSG thinking Barca would struggle without him. now we have Coutinho. we have a cruise, MSC. watch this space. 6 trophies loading.
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im sure ama fans ka penaldo aminyile, imididi ivele ama dimples ukuthi i espanyol ikore......
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