Copa del Rey: Barcelona thrash Celta Vigo to reach quarter-finals

Copa del Rey: Barcelona thrash Celta Vigo to reach quarter-finals

Celta Vigo held Barcelona, which fielded a second-choice squad, to a 1-1 draw in their opening leg, and the two sides head to Camp Nou to determine which will advance in the domestic cup competition.

Alba set up both of Messi's goals in two first-half minutes before the Argentine returned the favour, creating the third goal for the left-back with a wonderful through ball.

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

Suarez nearly capped the win with a spectacular chip from 40 yards, with the ball just sailing wide of the left-hand post, but Rakitic added gloss to the scoreline three minutes from time with a firm header from Dembele's corner.

New signing Philippe Coutinho, who officially joined on Monday, watched on from the stands as Barca ran riot. The Brazil midfielder will make his debut after he recovers from a right leg muscle injury.

Both Alba and Messi were rested for the 1-1 draw in the first leg, showing how Barca can struggle without their No.10.

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Messi quickly quashed any chance of Celta springing an upset. The first Barcelona goal was a result of poor goalkeeping by Alvarez while the second was a fine team goal.

Messi turned provider in the 28th minute, sending a pass over the top to Alba, who was able to score at the near post.

"The connection between Messi and Alba is nothing new, it has been working for years", Valverde said.

Daniel Wass and Hugo Malla struggled to keep up with the pace of Jordi Alba and succumbed under pressure.

Barca's onslaught continued with goal number four on 31 minutes, as Luis Suarez pounced on a sloppy backpass from Pione Sisto to hammer a first-time finish beyond the reach of Alvarez.

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