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Philippe Coutinho hails ‘special goal’ after opening account for Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho speaks out after scoring first goal for Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho celebrates after his goal against Valencia (Getty)

Philippe Coutinho said it was a ‘special moment’ after scoring his first goal for Barcelona.

The Brazilian, who moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in a £142million deal last month, was on target in his side’s 2-0 victory over Valencia in the Copa del Rey.

Coutinho scored from a tight angle just three minutes after coming off the bench, latching onto a cross from his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez.

‘It’s a very happy day,’ he told GOL. ‘I was looking for the goal in the first few games and today I got it and, most importantly, helped the team reach the final.’

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Philippe Coutinho speaks out after scoring first goal for Barcelona
Luis Suarez also provided the assist for Coutinho’s first Liverpool goal (Getty)

He continued: ‘It’s a special moment. It’ll be a great game and a difficult one [against Sevilla]. We have time to prepare ourselves.

‘It’s my first final and it’s a special and important moment for me, but there are a lot of moments to play before the final.’

Philippe Coutinho speaks out after scoring first goal for Barcelona
Coutinho celebrates his goal (EPA)
Philippe Coutinho speaks out after scoring first goal for Barcelona
Lionel Messi was the first to congratulate him (Getty)

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The win saw Barcelona advance 3-0 on aggregate to the final where they will play Sevilla.

They also made history in the process, becoming the first side to reach five consecutive Spanish cup finals.

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