Coutinho scores first Barca goal in Copa del Rey win at Valencia

Ousmane Dembele

Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score his first goal for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Valencia on Thursday that saw his new club ease into another Copa del Rey final.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg after Luis Suarez's strike separated the teams at the Camp Nou last week, Valencia did nearly level the tie on aggregate early on.

The Brazilian ace who left Liverpool to join Barcelona last month in a deal worth £142m found a superb cross from former Anfield favourite Luis Suarez to slot it past the goalkeeper into the left corner.

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.

After their 3-0 aggregate victory in the Copa del Rey Barcelona find themselves in their fifth consecutive final in the competition, adding to their nine point cushion at the top of the Spanish Primera Division table.

"I feel happy to have scored my first goal for Barcelona and have helped the team get to the final", said the 25-year-old.

The three-time defending champions will face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final.

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The Brazilian opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Valencia on Thursday night, just four minutes after coming on at half-time, which saw the Blaugrana go through 3-0 on aggregate.

"I'm very happy to be able to play in another final", Rakitic told reporters.

This is a very special moment for me, my first final with Barcelona. I am starting to learn how the team works, how Barca works.

Rodrigo Moreno came closest to scoring for the hosts when he crashed a header against the bar in the 13th minute and the Spain global was thwarted again later in the half by Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

Messi, 30, is considered as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

I had been searching for this goal in my first few matches.

At 0-0, striker Rodrigo headed against the crossbar while Jasper Cillessen produced a stunning instinctive save to deny full-back Jose Luis Gaya from point-blank range following Coutinho's opener.

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