Philippe Coutinho endured a forgettable first La Liga appearance for Barcelona on Sunday night.
The Brazilian made his long awaited first league outing for the Catalan side following his £142million switch from Liverpool earlier this month.
Named in the starting XI for the game against Alaves, Coutinho would have expected an easy ride against a side that came into the match 17th in the table and with seven defeats in nine away trips.
However, Coutinho was able to contribute little before he was taken off in the 66th minute with his side trailing 1-0.
While Barcelona dominated possession, Coutinho and his team-mates struggled to cause the visitors to the Nou Camp many problems. And then in the 23rd minute John Guidetti – formerly of Man City – scored for Alaves.
During his time on the pitch, in which he played in an advanced role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Coutinho managed just one shot which was blocked. He made no key passes and was dispossessed of the ball a number of times.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde opted to replace Coutinho with Paco Alcacer and just six minutes later the Spanish league leaders equalised. Andres Iniesta crossed from the left with Suarez scoring from a tight angle.
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Messi then scored direct from a free-kick to ensure a win for Barcelona. But it was three points that owed little to Coutinho.