Barca-Espanyol, Real-Leganes in Copa del Rey quarterfinals

Barca-Espanyol, Real-Leganes in Copa del Rey quarterfinals

Messi again showed his special understanding with Jordi Alba by meeting the left back's low cross first time for the opener in the 13th minute and moments later played a one-two with the Spain global and slammed the ball into the bottom corner. This performance showed that, under the former Athletic Bilbao boss, Barca are on top again, and the home fans responded.

The tie was delicately poised at 1-1 after a first leg in which Celta played extremely well against, admittedly, an under strength Barca team but Ernesto Valverde recalled the likes of Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi for the return match and the Catalans blitzed their opponents with an utterly dominant first-half display. There have been questions asked of Alba in years gone by, but he is in the form of his life at the moment. A lovely piece of skill nearly laid on a goal for Iniesta before he was withdrawn just before the hour mark. Good play down the left, Alba gets the cross into the Argentine and he makes no mistake in guiding a finish past Sergio!

Messi showcased a great level of understanding with Jordi Alba by meeting the left back's low cross first time for the opener in the 13th minute and playing a one-two with the Spain global moments later and slamming the ball into the bottom corner.

Messi quickly quashed any chance of Celta springing an upset.

28' GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo (4-1 on aggregate): Barcelona have a third goal!

FC Barcelona brushed past Celta Vigo 5-0 in the second leg and 6-1 on aggregate to book their place in the last 16 of the King's Cup knockout football tournament.

Lionel Messi has had a hand in 24 goals in his last 14 games in the Copa del Rey. "They look for each other and are happy to do so, because it is not just Alba assisting Messi".

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