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Murillo hopeful Barca can overturn first leg defeat

VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 19: Jose Luis Gaya and Jeison Murillo of Valencia argue to Cristano Ronaldo of Juventus during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Valencia and Juventus at Estadio Mestalla on September 19, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo is hopeful the club can overturn their first-leg defeat to Levante in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday night.

Murillo is hopeful Philippe Coutinho’s late goal will help the club secure a victory in the tie after they were stunned 2-1 by Levante.

Ernesto Valverde’s men were heading for a convincing defeat following early goals from Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral, but Coutinho gave them hope of winning the tie next week with an 85th-minute penalty after substitute Denis Suarez, was fouled by Coke.

Murillo is hopeful Barca, who played without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the night, can build on Coutinho’s strike in the second leg.

“The result is not the best,” Murillo was quoted as saying by BT Sport.

“We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”

The Colombia international was making his debut for the Catalan club after joining on loan from Valencia at the end of last month.

The former Inter Milan defender was disappointed to suffer defeat on his debut but is working hard to impress manager Ernesto Valverde.

“It’s a bittersweet night,” he added.

“I’ve tried to fit into the group. I’m taking things positively. The coach keeps asking me to work.”