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Messi stars as Barca thrash Celta to reach Copa del Rey Q/finals

13 January, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Carla Brady
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Ivan Rakitic headed in a corner kick by Dembele in the final minutes to complete the rout. The Brazil midfielder will make his debut after he recovers from a right leg muscle injury.

The result ensures that the Catalan giants, who drew 1-1 with Celta in the first leg on January 4, progress to the quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win.

Two minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage as Messi exchanged passes with Alba before calmly slotting past Alvarez.

While Alba set up seven goals for Messi this season in all competitions, he was rewarded when Barca's all-time top scorer curled a pass from deep for him which his team-mate slid in to poke inside the near post for the third goal after 28 minutes. "Messi also creates goals for Alba".

Celta looked in disarray and they gifted Barca their fourth three minutes later, with Pione Sisto passing straight to Suarez 12 yards out, allowing the striker to fire home.




Los Blancos defeated Segunda side Numancia 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 despite a draw at home in the second leg and will be clear favourites to beat Leganes who beat Villarreal on away goals.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admits he is hoping to avoid Real Madrid when the draw for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals are made.

Ben Yedder scored from a rebound after a shot by Correa to give Sevilla the lead in the 32nd. Atletico is second and Sevilla fifth.

"It was a complicated match".

Even when Barcelona were comfortably poised at 2-0, their pace did not drop down.

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