Barcelona new signing Philippe Coutinho made his eagerly anticipated debut during Barcelona's 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Espanyol on Thursday night.

The €160 million signing from Liverpool made his Blaugrana bow as he replaced club hero Andres Iniesta to officially register his first appearance for the club.

The Brazilian signed from Liverpool earlier this month harbouring an injury and was made to wait before stepping out onto the pitch wearing a Blaugrana shirt for the first time.

It was an entertaining preview from Barcelona's January recruit and fans on Twitter seemed especially pleased with his contribution.

Barca were already two goals up on the night after a first-half header from Luis Suarez and a deflected strike by Lionel Messi from outside the box before the interval.

Prior to kick-off, it was another former Liverpool player, Javier Mascherano, who was saying goodbye to the Barca faithful after seven and a half seasons at Camp Nou. And his No.14 shirt already had a new owner in another ex-Red: Coutinho.

The Camp Nou crowd stood to applaud as Coutinho clapped hands with Iniesta and ran on for his first Barca appearance after 68 minutes.

The Blaugrana fans would want to see more of the Brazilian as he kept it simple, with some neat link-up play and passing, although one ambitious through-ball for Paulinho only just failed to find his international team-mate on the edge of the area.

The midfielder was spot-on with desire to be on the ball, to receive and carry it forward, always looking to be positive by picking out team-mates in advanced positions or running down the channels.

Barcelona survived a late penalty appeal from Espanyol and also nearly added a third as Messi headed against the post, securing a semi-final spot in the cup for an eighth season in a row.

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