Philippe Coutinho grateful to Lionel Messi for penalty gesture against Sevilla

Philippe Coutinho grateful to Lionel Messi for penalty gesture against Sevilla

- Philippe Coutinho is grateful to Lionel Messi for allowing him take a penalty against Sevilla

- Coutinho has struggled for form this term after falling behind Ousmane Dembele in the pecking order

- The Brazilian netted twice to help Barca thrash Sevilla 6-1 on the night

Philippe Coutinho has applauded Lionel Messi for handing him the responsibility to take the morale-boosting spot-kick that helped Barcelona thrash Sevilla to claim a semi-final spot in the Copa del Rey.

The Brazilian has struggled for form this term after falling behind Ousmane Dembele in the pecking order, but with Frenchman still recuperating from hamstring injury, club boss Ernesto Valverde, handed him a life-line in Barcelona’s front-line.

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And during Wednesday’s tie against Sevilla at Camp Nou, Coutinho netted twice, to help Barca thrash the away side 6-1 on the night and 6-3 aggregate after losing the first leg 2-0.

Messi staged a return during the clash after missing the first leg and played an important role in the final outcome of the game.

The Argentine was brought down by Quincy Promes in the vital area but he handed the responsibility Coutinho to net the opener after beating Juan Soriano.

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The quartets of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez, Sergi Roberto and Messi. were all on target as Barca sealed qualification for the final match

"The penalty has come naturally," Coutinho was quoted as saying on Barca TV.

"Leo's gesture shows how great it is.

"Thanks to Leo, for letting me kick the penalty, that's good for the confidence of the group.

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"We knew that to overcome, we had to be involved from the beginning,” the Brazilian added.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Barcelona thrashed Sevilla 6-1 in quarter final reverse match as Barca book their place into the semi finals with a 6-3 aggregate.

Ernesto Valverde's side knew they had to give a good fight to overturn the first leg the two-goal cushion in the first leg.

And it did not take long for La Blaugrana to make their intentions known as Lionel Messi was fouled in the box and he handed the penalty kick to teammate Phillipe Coutinho.

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