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Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla: Philippe Coutinho steps up to spare Ronald Koeman his first defeat as Nou Camp boss after Luuk de Jong stunned Lionel Messi and Co with early opener Philippe Coutinho got a decisive goal to prevent Barcelona from losing at home Sevilla started the stronger and went ahead courtesy of Luuk de Jong's effort Ronald Koeman's side rallied and Coutinho finished off a well-worked move 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 22:13 BST, 4 October 2020 | Updated: 22:19 BST, 4 October 2020

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Ronald Koeman dropped his first points as Barcelona coach as Sevilla held his team 1-1 at the Nou Camp.

Philippe Coutinho equalised Luuk de Jong's opener in an explosive opening to the game. But Barcelona couldn't finish off their impressive opponents and the point-a-piece left Madrid three points clear at the top.

'I want to achieve big things at this club,' said Coutinho, who has now marked his good start to the season with a goal.

Philippe Coutinho (left) added a goal to his bright start to the season against Sevilla on Sunday

Philippe Coutinho (left) added a goal to his bright start to the season against Sevilla on Sunday

The Brazilian was on hand to fire in what proved a decisive goal inside an empty Nou Camp

The Brazilian was on hand to fire in what proved a decisive goal inside an empty Nou Camp

He was mobbed by his team-mates and was showing his newfound confidence with his strike

He was mobbed by his team-mates and was showing his newfound confidence with his strike

Coutinho's goal made it 1-1 and spared Ronald Koeman his first defeat as Barcelona boss

Coutinho's goal made it 1-1 and spared Ronald Koeman his first defeat as Barcelona boss 

Sevilla had taken the lead on seven minutes when Luuk de Jong lashed a loose ball past Neto after Suso's hanging cross had only been half-cleared.

Coutinho equalised for Barcelona on 10 minutes. Lionel Messi's long ball over the top for Jordi Alba was cut out by Jesus Navas but his clearance ran to the Brazilian who swept it past Bono.

Sevilla were bright after the restart and almost retook the lead on the hour when substitute Youseff En-Nesyri's cross-shot was diverted on to the frame of the goal by Ronald Araujo.

Ivan Rakitic, playing back at the Camp Nou after leaving Barcelona this summer, sent a curling shot just over.

Lionel Messi was once again given close attention on the night as Sevilla tried to stifle him

Lionel Messi was once again given close attention on the night as Sevilla tried to stifle him

Luuk de Jong set Sevilla on their way with a brilliant strike to open the scoring for the visitors

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