Coutinho’s own ‘Hand of God’ spotted in Maradona Cup – and Barcelona still lose

Philippe Coutinho quite literally handed Barcelona a goal during the Maradona Cup against Boca Juniors on Tuesday, although not even that was enough to avoid another defeat for Xavi's side.

In tribute to the late Diego Maradona, Barcelona faced Boca Juniors in Saudi Arabia following the first anniversary since the legendary figure's death, and it was the Argentinian side that were victorious following a penalty shootout.

Barcelona took the lead in rather touching fashion, as Coutinho handled the ball before Ferran Jutgla smashed in the opener, but Exequiel Zeballos equalised for Boca 13 minutes from time.

The turnaround was completed after a penalty shootout, as Barcelona missed two of their four penalties to hand, yet again, victory to their opposition.

The handball seemed rather fitting following Maradona's infamous 'hand of god' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, that helped Argentina on their way to the ultimate prize that year.

However, Coutinho's handball wasn't quite the thought out incident that Maradona had imposed 35 years ago, as the ball rather struck the Brazilian who was blocking his face, but the ball went straight to Jutgla who rifled home from close range.

Despite the freak goal, it couldn't stop yet another defeat for Barcelona, who are getting quite used to being on the losing side as of late.

Their recent damning defeat came against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and as a result they failed to qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition for the first time since the 2003/04 season.

It means that Barcelona have to settle for a Europa League play off, and again, in rather fitting fashion following the anniversary of Maradona's passing, the Catalan side have drawn Napoli.

Maradona started and ended his career with Boca Juniors, but his finest performances came with Barcelona and Napoli during the 1980s, which established the Argentinian as one of the greatest of all time.

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