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Messi Scores Brace As Barca Ease Into Quarter-Finals

Messi Scores Brace As Barca Ease Into Quarter-Finals

by | 12th January 2018
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as he scored twice in the opening 15 minutes as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.

 

A weakened Barca side drew the first leg 1-1 last week.

 

But they named a stronger line-up for the home game, and Messi swept in twice from Jordi Alba crosses.

 

The Argentine then set up Alba to slide home a goal, Luis Suarez scored from Pione Sisto‘s poor back-pass and Ivan Rakitic headed a late fifth.

 

It was the first time Alba, who has assisted seven of Messi’s strikes this season, has been involved in three goals in a Barcelona game.

 

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are also in the last eight, along with Valencia, Leganes, Alaves, Espanyol and Sevilla.