Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla: Coutinho on target as Koeman´s side drop first points

SoccerNews in La Liga 4 Oct 2020

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Barcelona had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Sevilla despite Philippe Coutinho quickly cancelling out Luuk de Jong’s early opener in Sunday’s LaLiga clash. 

The two sides entered the match with 100 per cent records from their opening two league matches this term, and there was little to separate them at Camp Nou. 

Sevilla opened the scoring inside eight minutes when De Jong thumped the ball past Neto – the first goal Barca have conceded this season – but Coutinho profited from Jesus Navas’ error 105 seconds later to level things up. 

Ronald Koeman’s men were put under a lot of pressure in the second half and survived a scare as Ronald Araujo hit his own crossbar, but in the end the contest finished level. 

Sevilla, now winless in 18 LaLiga trips to Barcelona, had gone ahead through De Jong’s strike after Suso’s left-sided cross was headed down into the forward’s path. 

Coutinho responded instantly for Barca with a simple finish after Navas inadvertently set him up, having attempted to cut out Lionel Messi’s pass to Jordi Alba. 

Antoine Griezmann prodded wide from a promising opportunity and Ansu Fati, beaten too easily in the build-up to the visitors’ opener, tested Yassine Bounou from further out. 

After Diego Carlos nearly scored an own goal, Araujo – filling in for the suspended Clement Lenglet in defence – did likewise at the other end, diverting a low cross against the bar. 

Jules Kounde twice sent headers wide and Youssef En-Nesyri perhaps could have done better with a headed opportunity of his own, as Sevilla looked for the rarest of wins in this fixture.

The hosts also had a late chance, yet Trincao, brought on in place of Griezmann, was unable to get the better of Bounou when racing through on goal.

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