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gpolit.com January 19, 2018


Five-star Barcelona cruise through in Copa del Rey

12 January 2018, 12:21 | Ken Black

COPA DEL REY Copa del Rey quarter-final draw as it happened

Copa del Rey quarter-final fixtures confirmed Real Madrid-Leganes FC Barcelona-Espanyol Valencia Deportivo Alaves and Atletico Madrid v Sevilla

Lionel Messi scored two goals for Barcelona against Celta Vigo.

Jordi Alba labelled Lionel Messi "the best player in the world by a difference" after the two combined for three of Barcelona's goals as the Catalans thumped Celta Vigo 5-0 to reach the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

Pione Sisto made a catastrophic one after half an hour, as his slack back pass was pounced upon by Suarez, who finished emphatically.

Jordi Alba's bouncing ball across the edge of the box was sacked home by Lionel Messi with the same duo linking up again two minutes later as Messi swept the full back's cut back into the corner.

The title holders had drawn the first leg 1-1 last week with a weakened squad, but named a stronger line-up for the home game to win 6-1 on aggregate.

Jordi Alba then registered his name on the scoresheet with a strike at the far post after being picked out by Messi.

A pic for the nostalgically minded... Luis Enrique hoisting the Copa del Rey trophy after the 2016/17 win
A pic for the nostalgically minded... Luis Enrique hoisting the Copa del Rey trophy after the 2016/17 win

Wissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella's team.

Speaking about the game, Valverde said, "The tie is slightly in our favour because of the away goal, but only slightly because Celta always score away from home".

Leo Baptistao racing clear to dink the ball into the net. The first Barcelona goal was a result of poor goalkeeping by Alvarez while the second was a fine team goal.

The main entertainment in the second half came from Dembele late on, who produced some wonderful pieces of skill to get the supporters on their feet.

Ben Yedder scored from a rebound after a shot by Correa to give Sevilla the lead in the 32nd.

The draw for the quarter finals takes place on Friday and we'll have all the info here at La Liga News UK.



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