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Philippe Coutinho’s scored his first league goal for Barcelona and it was an absolute screamer

It took Coutinho five league games to get on the score sheet but his screamer against Girona showed exactly why Barcelona blew £142million on him

Like every Guinness drinker knows, good things come to those who wait.

Barcelona splashed £142million on Philippe Coutinho in January and he has been quietly going about his business so far in Spain.

But he announced himself to all the Barca fans with his first league goal for the club against Girona yesterday evening.

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Play like Messi, celebrate like Messi

Play like Messi, celebrate like Messi

And it was an absolute screamer.

During his time at Liverpool Coutinho gained a reputation as a magician that could conjure up special goals from absolutely nothing, which is exactly what he did here.

After Girona took an early shock lead at the Nou Camp, Barca rumbled to a 4-1 lead going into the second half when Coutinho decided to light up the stadium in his fifth game for the league leaders.

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Is that Coutinho or Catinho?

Is that Coutinho or Catinho?

He had already assisted Luis Suarez for his second of three and with Lionel Messi also scoring twice the Brazilian wanted a piece of the action.

Coutinho received the ball from Suarez on the edge of the area, took a Girona defender left and then right before bending a beautiful shot into the far corner.

The goal only made better by the fact it bounced in off the post, with the keeper grasping at thin air as he dived.


Barcelona have intoduced ballroom dancing as part of their training

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Barcelona have intoduced ballroom dancing as part of their training

There is a lovely symmetry that Coutinho’s first goal was assisted by Suarez and his first assist was scored by the Uruguayan, they’re best mates too you know.

It was the first time Barcelona has started with Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele on the pitch as they demonstrated just how devastating they can be in attack.

The Catalans extended their unbeaten league run to 32 games, of which 25 are this season which equals the longest undefeated run in La Liga in a single season.

“Who do you like more Luis, me or Philippe?”

“Who do you like more Luis, me or Philippe?”

Coutinho scored against Swansea in his full debut for Liverpool after moving from Inter in January 2013.

But it took him five games in one of the best sides in the world to bag in La Liga.

However, this could be the start of something great.