BARCELONA: Philippe Coutinho scored his first league aim since returning to Barcelona to assist his aspect draw 1-1 at residence to a superb Sevilla aspect in La Liga on Sunday because the Catalans dropped factors for the first time beneath Ronald Koeman.
Europa League holders Sevilla took an early lead when Dutch ahead Luuk de Jong pounced on a poor headed clearance within the space and smashed into the online, flummoxing Barca keeper Neto.
But the Catalans hit again lower than two minutes later when membership document signing Coutinho, again on the membership after spending final yr on mortgage with Bayern Munich, reacted quickest to fireside residence after a Lionel Messi cross was deflected into his path.
Antoine Griezmann missed a superb probability to offer Barca the lead earlier than halftime however hit the aspect netting whereas midfielder Frenkie de Jong ought to have scored late within the second half however missed the goal from inside the world.
Sevilla might even have snatched a winner, with Youssef En-Nesyri seeing a deflected shot hit the crossbar earlier than failing to check Neto with a free header.
Barca and Sevilla every have seven factors after three video games and are fifth and sixth within the standings, with champions Real Madrid prime on 10.
The Catalans had made an outstanding begin to the marketing campaign beneath new coach Koeman, hammering Villarreal 4-Zero of their opening recreation earlier than pulling off a formidable 3-Zero win at Celta Vigo regardless of having 10 males for your entire second half.
But they met a really totally different problem in Sevilla, who completed fourth within the league final season.
“We knew this would be a really difficult game and so it proved, Sevilla are an excellent team and they played very well, they flooded the midfield and we struggled to cope with that but at least we earned a point,” Coutinho mentioned.
“It`s been difficult for us to play three games in one week but this is just the start, we`ll soon get used to this.”
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui felt his aspect deserved extra.
“It`s very difficult to leave this ground with a point but I`m not satisfied because we had our chances,” he mentioned.
“It was tough because they are a great team but it`s a real shame we couldn`t have got more from the game. We are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment but we should demand a little more from ourselves.”
Barca`s new signing Sergino Dest made his debut three days after finishing his change from Ajax Amsterdam, coming off the bench to switch the injured Jordi Alba.