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Jose Arnaiz discusses ‘memorable’ Barcelona debut

Barcelona forward Jose Arnaiz has discussed his debut for the club in which he scored against Murcia on Tuesday evening.

The 22-year-old joined the Catalan club’s B side from Real Valladolid earlier this summer and has since scored four goals in eight games in La Liga 123, catching the eye of the club’s supporters and first team coach Ernesto Valverde.

Handed his official Barca debut on Tuesday evening, Arnaiz scored the third of this side’s goals as they beat Murcia in the Copa del Rey first leg.

“My debut with the first team has been a dream from an early age,” Arnaiz told BeIn Sports.

“I am really happy to have been given a chance in such an amazing team and I will always remember this night – to make your first team debut and win is an amazing feeling!

“They started the match strongly and their shape was very good but eventually they grew tired and we could exploit it.”

Valverde made many changes as expected against Murcia but it was still a strong side he named and the secured the first leg victory.

It took them until the last minute of the first half to open the scoring with Gerard Deulofeu picking out Paco Alcacer who directed his header into the back of the net.

Two goals in five minutes then made for a more comfortable ending as Deulofeu slid the ball into the far corner of the net before youngster Arnaiz smashed the ball home from 20 yards for number three.

Elsewhere, on Tuesday evening – goals from Pablo Sarabia, Joaquin Correa and Luis Muriel saw Sevilla comfortably dispatch of third tier Cartagena.

The La Liga side dominated the game early on and opened the scoring on 25 minutes. Pablo Sarabia raced on to Wissam Ben Yedder’s through ball before chipping the ball over the keeper and into the net.

Ten minutes later it was two when Joaquin Correa made a great run into the box before a bit of pinball in the box resulted in Correa controlling Ganso’s back-heel and passing the ball into the net.

Half time substitute Luis Muriel made it three after six minutes of the second half rounding the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the empty net.

Sevilla were able to cruise through the rest of the game and could have made it four had it not been for a fine save by goalkeeper Marcos to deny Muriel his second.

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