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Departing Andrés Iniesta the star as Barcelona cruise to Copa del Rey

• Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona
• Suárez 14, 40; Messi 31; Iniesta 52; Coutinho 69 (pen)

Andrés Iniesta chose the perfect stage for his last waltz, gliding across the grass as Barcelona sliced through Sevilla. A 5-0 victory brought their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey and the 34th trophy of Iniesta’s career. A 35th will follow before he departs for China, 16 years after his debut. With five games remaining Barcelona are a win away from the league title and another double.

Saturday night’s victory was secured with two goals from Luis Suárez and one each from Lionel Messi, Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho but it was marked by the man from La Mancha. When he departed with three minutes to go, embracing team-mates as he went, the crowd stood and applauded – at both ends.

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Philippe Coutinho makes Barcelona debut after £142m Liverpool move

• Playmaker replaces Andrés Iniesta in cup win at Camp Nou
• Coutinho: It’s a great night, a very special night

Philippe Coutinho has made his long-awaited Barcelona debut, replacing Andrés Iniesta, in a 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

The former Liverpool player, who made the £142m move earlier this month, had been forced to wait on the sidelines because of a thigh injury. He replaced the Barça captain after 68 minutes as the hosts made it through to the semi-finals, 2-1 on aggregate.

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