Barcelona masterclass destroys Celta - Copa del Rey Round Up

Leganes face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey quarter-finals

Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time.

Barcelona have cruised into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey thanks to an emphatic 5-0 win over Celta Vigo in Thursday night's last-16 second leg at Camp Nou.

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. Within half an hour, it was dead and buried.

With the tie balanced at 1-1 after the away leg, Messi starred at the Camp Nou with a pair of goals two minutes apart in the first half.

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The tie petered out in the second half but French global Ousmane Dembele showed why Barcelona paid 105 million euros for him previous year when he dribbled past three defenders from the halfway line before being denied by a desperate tackle.

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Not long after, Andres Iniesta was also withdrawn from the action, and given there was no need to chase more goals, Barcelona were happy to hold the ball and conserve energy for much of the second period.

Samuel Umtiti has resumed training from a muscle injury, but Paco Alcacer is not yet ready to return.

Barca did make it a five-star performance, though, as Rakitic took advantage of some woeful Celta defending to head home from a corner three minutes from time.

Record signing Philippe Coutinho did not attend the game after completing his rumoured 160 million euros move from Liverpool on Saturday.

And if Messi continues to perform to such high standards, it's hard to see any side halting the Blaugrana in any competition.

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