Coutinho starts on bench for Barcelona

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Philippe Coutinho started his Barcelona career on the bench on Thursday for the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg tie against city neighbours Espanyol at Camp Nou.

The 25-year-old Brazilian, signed for 160 million euros ($194 million) from Liverpool, had seen his debut delayed due to a thigh injury.

Barcelona are looking to overturn a 1-0 defeat by Espanyol in the first leg.

Coach Ernesto Valverde named captain Andres Iniesta, back from injury, in the starting line up.

Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, signed from Brazilian side Palmeiras for 11.8 million euros ($14 million), joins Coutinho on the bench.

AFP



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