Coutinho Off The Mark As Barcelona Reach Copa Final

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Philippe Coutinho has hailed a "special moment" after scoring his first goal for Barcelona to help them reach their fifth consecutive Copa del Rey final. "I finally got it today and it helped the team advance to the final".

In the final, on 21 April, Barcelona will face Sevilla. Sevilla's president suggested Sevilla as the location, an idea the Catalans were not fond of.

While Messi didn't find the back of the net, January signing Philippe Coutinho opened his Barcelona account scoring four minutes after entering the fray thanks to a sublime assist from Luis Suarez.

However, a second scan was much more positive and Valverde chose to risk his centre-back at Valencia with Barcelona looking to book a place in the Copa del Rey final for the fifth consecutive campaign. I am really happy.

"Barca have been used to playing finals in recent years, but not so much in my case", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, for whom the win came on the eve of his 54th birthday.

"I think that in the first half we deserved to go level, but we did not do it and then their goal (Coutinho's) decided the tie".

"It was very important to win the game and it'd be awesome to win four consecutive Copas, but that will only happen if we win".

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Coutinho Off The Mark As Barcelona Reach Copa Final

"We thought it would be very hard and that's how it was, but we're going home with the final ticket in our pocket".

The Brazil global, 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. However, Rodrigo's header beat Jasper Cillessen in the Barca goal only to come back off the bar.

Barca went close through a Lionel Messi free kick which was beaten away by Jaume Domenech with Luis Suarez getting into unsafe positions in the first half without causing any real trouble for the Valencia keeper.

Jose Luis Gaya almost made the aggregate score 2-1 but Cillessen made a miraculous, handball-type save at point-blank range.

But things got worse for the hosts when Suarez pounced on a Gabriel Paulista error and set up Rakitic to make it 2-0.

Pique looked to be in pain on the bench and Valverde admitted his concerns about the centre-back fitness following the game.

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