Coutinho delighted with winning Barcelona debut

Coutinho delighted with winning Barcelona debut

With Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both exiting the Copa del Rey in the quarter-finals, losing to Leganes and Sevilla respectively, Busquets highlighted that the Copa remains towards the top of the agenda for Barca.

The captain missed the first-leg due to a hamstring issue while Alcacer is yet to play a game this year after he suffered an injury during a 4-0 win Deportivo La Coruna on 17 December.

But Espanyol immediately fired a warning shot of their own, Gerard Moreno shooting straight at Jasper Cillessen after being picked out by Sergi Darder.

Argentine international Javier Mascherano was honored by Barcelona before the match.

Barcelona have reached the semi finals of the Copa del Rey for the eighth season in a row.

Espanyol will not only have to prevent their hosts from scoring at the Camp Nou if they're to advance, but Quique Sanchez Flores' side will also likely need to add to their existing tally to ensure qualification.

He said in Sport: "They celebrated as though they had got through the round after winning the first leg, but the ties last 180 minutes and we've shown that we're much better". Even though it wasn't easy to secure the transfer, Barcelona made it happen. It was a difficult game as we expected.

A minute later Coutinho made his Barcelona bow as a replacement for Andres Iniesta.

"But I told Leo to tell Pep that I wasn't the kind of player who causes problems". It is really going to be an interesting watch and new recruits debut makes it more special.

With three minutes to go Messi's header came back off the post from Rakitic's cross.

Tweeting after the match, Suarez admitted his error and vowed to convert the chances Coutinho provides him with in future.

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