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News in Barcelona: Coutinho thanks Messi for the gesture for the punishment

Lionel Messi allowed Philippe Coutinho to take a penalty against Seville, with Brazil's grateful gesture.

Philippe Coutinho thanked Lionel Messi for allowing him to accept a fine that increases his confidence when Barcelona knocked Sevilla into the Copa del Rey semifinals.

Coutinho had a difficult season with Ousmane Dembele, seemingly preferred by Ernesto Valverde, but the French winger's attack wounded in the Barca attack.

And Coutinho grabbed a chance with both hands on Wednesday in the second leg when he scored twice when Barca stacked another Copa del Rey battleship in Sevilla, defeating 5-0 in last year's final.

Barcow's victory 6-1 turned away from the first leg of a deficit of 2-0 when Messi was resting Valverde, but Captain had an inspirational look at Camp Nou.

And when Messi hit Quincy Promes, he allowed Coutinho to stand up to defeat Juan Soriano and run ahead with former midfielder Seville Ivan Rakitiko, Luis Suarez, Sergio Robert and Messim.

"The sanctions came naturally," said Coutinho Barca TV. "Leo's gesture shows how great it is.

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"Thanks to Leo because he allowed me to kick the punishment, that's good for the group's confidence.

"We knew that to overcome, we had to get involved from the beginning."

Barca joins Real Betis and Valencia in the semi-finals, either Real Madrid or Girona, to join them on Thursday.

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