Messi Delivers Rapid-Fire Double for Barcelona in Copa Del Rey Rout

Doug Mendoza
January 12, 2018

Pione Sisto gifted a goal to Luis Suarez as his attempted back pass to Alvarez was intercepted by the Uruguayan.

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.

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.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Messi made way before the hour mark for Ousmane Dembele.

The Argentine then set up Alba with a sublime pass to slide home their third goal, before Luis Suarez scored from Celta defender's poor back-pass before the break.

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Barcelona took their foot off the pedal in the second half and Ivan Rakitic completed the scoring three minutes from time.

Not long after, Andres Iniesta was also withdrawn from the action, and given there was no need to chase more goals, Barcelona were happy to hold the ball and conserve energy for much of the second period.

Suarez pounced on a mistake to make it 4-0 before the interval and leave club-record signing Philippe Coutinho applauding from his seat in the stands.

"They look for each other and are happy to do so, because it is not just Alba assisting Messi". Making the last eight will take some of the pressure off new coach Vincenzo Montella following Sevilla's painful 5-3 home loss to crosstown rival Real Betis in his Spanish league debut on Saturday.

Joaquin Correa's shot was saved but Wissam Ben Yedder finished off the rebound. "We are sad, but we will get through this together".

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