Feb 8, 2018 at 8.30pm UK at ​Mestalla
Attendance: 43,355
Valencia
0-2
Barcelona

Rodrigo (34'), Zaza (75'), Parejo (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Coutinho (49'), Rakitic (82')

Philippe Coutinho hails "special" maiden goal for Barcelona

Coutinho hails
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Philippe Coutinho thanks Luis Suarez for setting up his first goal as a Barcelona player in the 2-0 win at Valencia in the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has described scoring his first goal for the club in Thursday's Copa del Rey victory over Valencia as "a special moment".

The 25-year-old, who joined the Catalan giants from Liverpool in a £142m deal last month, got off the mark on his fifth outing for the club.

Half-time sub Coutinho slid in to convert a Luis Suarez cross soon after the restart in the semi-final second-leg tie at the Mestalla, as Barcelona made it through with a 3-0 aggregate win.

Speaking to Gol TV at full time, the Brazilian said: "I feel happy to have scored my first goal for Barca and have helped the team get to the final. It's a special moment.

"My first goal for Liverpool was also set up by [Suarez]. I hope I can help him and Leo (Lionel Messi) to score goals, too. They have been great since I got here and they've helped me fit in from the start.

"I feel really happy because I have been looking for that first goal since I got here - and finally I've got it," Coutinho told after the game. More importantly, though, it was able to help the team reach the final. For me, it will be my first final [with Barca] and it's an important moment.

"It's a special thing to reach a final and I am sure it will be a great game, but also a difficult one, like all finals are. But we have time to prepare for it. Before then we have a lot of games, so that's where our focus is now."

Former Liverpool striker Suarez set up both of his side's goals on Thursday night.

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