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January 20, 2018

VIDEO: Messi stars for Barca in Copa quarters

Lionel Messi has struck twice and set up another goal as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

The 29-time Spanish Cup winners, who have lifted the trophy in each of the last three seasons, demolished their opponents 6-1 on aggregate.

Spanish left-back Jordi Alba teed up Messi for the opening goal in the 13th minute at Camp Nou and repeated the trick two minutes later for the second.

Messi turned provider for the third, with a spectacular curled through-ball for Alba which he fired past the helpless Sergio Alvarez.

Luis Suarez added the fourth before half-time after a dreadful back-pass by Pione Sisto left him with only the goalkeeper to beat, and Ivan Rakitic headed home from Ousmane Dembele’s corner late on.


Earlier on Thursday, Espanyol earned their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Levante to progress 2-1 on aggregate, while Sevilla beat Cadiz 2-1 for a 4-1 aggregate victory.

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