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Philippe Coutinho's brilliant highlight reel from Inter Milan 1-1 Barcelona

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Barcelona's passage to the last-16 of the Champions League was sealed in the San Siro last night.

The Blaugrana were held to a 1-1 draw by Inter Milan, but still cruised through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Second-half substitute Malcom gave the visitors a deserved lead in the 83rd minute, before Mauro Icardi's equaliser three minutes later.

Barca will have wanted all three points after a great performance, with Luis Suarez guilty of missing a whole host of chances.

The Uruguayan was near his brilliant best but just left his shooting boots at home.

And the man constantly supplying Suarez was Philippe Coutinho, who enjoyed his finest performance of the season.

The Brazilian's return to San Siro was a stern reminder to his recent critics that he really is the real deal for Barca following his £142m move in January.

You can watch his highlight reel from the game below.

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His passing was perfect, he retained the ball well, linked the play together and glided past opposing defenders at will.

If he had found the back of the net, it would have been a complete performance from the former Liverpool man.

Coutinho was heavily criticised for his lacklustre display in the 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano on the weekend.

However, suggestions that he has been a failure since his switch to the Nou Camp are a tad strong.

Coutinho holds the ball vs Inter

He's already scored four goals in 11 La Liga appearances this season, including the opening goal of El Clasico.

Barca legend Ronaldinho lavished praise on his countryman back in September.

"There are a lot of players who I didn't coincide with and I would have liked to play with them," he said.

"Coutinho is one of them. Iniesta and him are great players. They each have their own style, but I think the Coutinho will be one of the big names in world football.

Coutinho glides past Ivan Perisic

"He already is, but I think that he will be more still."

Topics:
Football
Malcom Silva de Oliveira
Inter Milan
Philippe Coutinho
La Liga
Barcelona
Luis Suarez

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