Coutinho makes debut as Barca book Cup semi-final spot


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Holders FC Barcelona reached the King’s Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Espanyol to overcome a first-leg deficit on a night when new signing Philippe Coutinho made his debut.

Early goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi calmed the nerves at the Nou Camp on Thursday.

This was after Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid, as well as Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, had been knocked out of this season’s competition by unfancied opponents.

Facing city rivals Espanyol was a potential banana skin for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who lost last week’s first leg 1-0.

But FC Barcelona were rarely troubled in front of a vibrant Nou Camp.

Barca’s new Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho was given a standing ovation when he came on to take his bow in the second-half.

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