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Five-star Barcelona cruise through in Copa del Rey

12 January, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Five-star Barcelona cruise through in Copa del Rey

Barcelona wound up advancing on a 6-1 aggregate to keep its hopes of hoisting the trophy for a record 30th time alive.

But Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first.

Lionel Messi grabbed a double, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes to take his tally to 21 goals in all competitions this term.

A 5-0 demolition job with a much stronger starting eleven was more than enough to ensure Barcelona's progress in the Copa Del Rey after being held 1-1 in the first leg.

Celta visited Catalonia last month in the league, with the game ending 2-2, and another draw can be backed at 27/4 (7.75).

Messi was on hand to double Barca's lead on the quarter-hour mark after playing Alba into space, who in turn charged down the wing and played the ball back into the path of the Argentine, who duly drilled home.

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The fifth goal arrived three minutes from the full-time whistle when an un-marked Ivan Rakitic sent a fine header into the top corner following a cross from Ousmane Dembele.

"It's luxury to have Leo in the side, he's the best in history".

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".

Earlier, Barca's city rivals Espanyol had overturned their first leg deficit to get past Levante 3-2 on aggregate.

But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the stroke of half-time and then after 82 minutes.

Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are now sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.

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