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Valencia 0-2 Barcelona (0-3 aggregate): 5 talking points

Sujith Mohan
46.69K   //    09 Feb 2018, 11:03 IST

Barcelona v Celta Vigo - Copa Del Rey

Valencia played host to Barcelona for the second-leg of Copa del Rey semi-finals at Mestalla. Barcelona went into the contest with a 1-0 lead from the first-leg at Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde made one change to the team that played the first-leg as Andre Gomes replaced Aleix Vidal on the right flank. 

For Valencia, Simone Zaza, Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Ezequiel Garay returned to the starting lineup. Valencia came close to scoring in the first half but the game produced very few chances in the first 45 minutes. Barcelona started the second-half on the front foot and thrashed Valencia 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate to qualify for the finals. 

Without much ado, let's take a look at the key talking points from the game

#5 Coutinho gets off the mark for the Blaugrana

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First of many for the Brazilian

Time for Liverpool fans to look in the opposite direction. Two of their ex-players produced an eye-catching display at the Mestalla and combined well beautifully.

According to Opta Stats, Luis Suarez assisted Philippe Coutinho's first Liverpool goal back in February 2013 and has done the same thing again, but this time for Barcelona.

Brought on at half-time for struggling Andre Gomes, Philippe Coutinho was on target for the first time in Barcelona colors, since his club-record £142 million transfer from Liverpool.

The Uruguayan was the architect of the goal as he found Philippe Coutinho at the far post with a pinpoint cross. The Brazilian slid in beautifully to put it behind Domenech, within minutes after his introduction. After a slow start in Spain, Coutinho is beginning to show his class.

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