Cape Town - Philippe Coutinho came in for criticism as Barcelona suffered a shock 2-1 defeat away to Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie, on Thursday.
The Catalan giants paid the price for resting some of their biggest stars as Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral scored within the opening 20 minutes to give the hosts a surprise lead at half-time.
Brazilian midfielder, Coutinho gave his side a lifeline with a late penalty after making a rare start.
Lionel Messi was one of the several omissions from Ernesto Vaverde's much-changed side, with the second leg taking place on Thursday.
Despite scoring, Coutinho's performance came in for criticism from fans after making a £145 million move from Liverpool last season.
The 26-year-old's situation at the club has become so dire that reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona are looking to offload him back to Liverpool to make way for Neymar.