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Coutinho makes league debut, but Messi is Barca's saviour again

Coutinho makes league debut, but Messi is Barca's saviour again

In a closely-fought contest, Luis Muriel's second-half flick looked to be enough to secure three points in Sevilla's hunt for European qualification.

The visitors were defending their lead well after John Guidetti's goal handed them a one-goal lead but they failed to hang on as Luis Suarez leveled the score before Lionel Messi scored a stunning free kick.

"It's hard to debut in the Camp Nou in the league", Suarez said following this weekend's 2-1 win over Alaves.

Suarez volleyed home after being teed up by Andres Iniesta for Barca's equaliser before Messi's brilliant set-piece near the end sealed the points.

The incident occurred during Barcelona's 2-1 victory over lowly Alaves in which Philippe Coutinho made his La Liga debut for his new club. "If you don't concentrate you don't win, sometimes looking at the league positions of rival teams does you no good, in the second half we knew what we were playing for and we got the three points", said the Uruguay worldwide.

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Saurez who scored for the eight successive time in the La Liga this season revealed Barca went for the kill in the second half and knew what they were playing for.

Coutinho was denied a debut goal by a Ruben Duarte block, before Messi brought a superb save from Fernando Pacheco from a curling free-kick. I see it from a Barcelona perspective, of course, and I think that it was involuntary.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has warned his side not to rest on their laurels ahead of Sunday's clash with a "revitalised" Alaves at the Nou Camp.

Griezmann was the catalyst for the second goal, intercepting a pass to help work the ball towards Torres, while Partey nudged a Yannick Carrasco pass into an empty net in the 88th.

Leganes celebrated their shock King's Cup win over Real Madrid in midweek by beating Espanyol 3-2 at home with the help of two own goals from visiting midfielder Mario Hermoso, who completed an unwanted hat-trick by scoring a late consolation strike for his side.