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Luis Enrique puts stamp on new Barcelona by starting 18-year-old Munir
BARCELONA, Spain - New coach Luis Enrique put his stamp on Barcelona in his winning debut.
Luis Enrique was brought back as a former player who knew the club's inner workings and demanding tradition of success after the team failed to win a major title for the first time in six years under former coach Gerardo Martino.
His first risky move paid off on Sunday when he started little-known Munir El Haddadi alongside Lionel Messi in attack, with Neymar injured and the club waiting for Luis Suarez to finish his biting ban in October.
The 18-year-old Munir responded by scoring Barcelona's second goal in a 3-0 victory over Elche to open the Spanish league season. His goal came after Barcelona had lost Javier Mascherano to a red card and crushed Elche's hope of a comeback.
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