BARCELONA – Barcelona reached the King's Cup final for a record fifth year in a row on Thursday with a 2-0 second leg win at Valencia in which Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for the club as they secured a 3-0 aggregate semi-final success.
There it is!— Goal (@goal) February 8, 2018
Philippe Coutinho has just scored his first goal for Barcelona. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/0KTGUxnsgB
Valencia bossed the first half at a packed Mestalla as the hosts chased down a 1-0 deficit but their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Brazilian Coutinho slid in to turn home a cross from his old Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez in the 49th minute.
Coutinho, who joined Barca from Liverpool for a club record 142 million pounds ($197.66 million) in January, had been on the pitch less than three minutes when he scored, while Ivan Rakitic stretched the vistors' lead eight minutes from time.
Philippe Coutinho has his first Barcelona goal! ⚽— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 8, 2018
Who provided the assist?
His mate, Luis Suarez. pic.twitter.com/0l8qcHYDAP
Barcelona have lifted the trophy for the last three years and face Sevilla in the final on April 21, a re-run of the 2016 showpiece which the Catalans won 2-0 after extra time. Sevilla beat Leganes 2-0 on Wednesday to advance 3-1 on aggregate.