Messi stars as Barca thrash Celta to reach Copa del Rey Q/finals

Messi stars as Barca thrash Celta to reach Copa del Rey Q/finals

Sevilla defeated fellow Andalusian side Cadiz 2-1 at home for a 4-1 aggregate win, while Espanyol overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg by beating Levante 2-0 away to join Barca in Friday's quarterfinal draw.

The result has left everything to play for ahead of the second leg at the Nou Camp with the Catalans looking for a victory to finish the job and progress through the quarter finals.

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

Barca's new record signing Philippe Coutinho - out for three weeks with a thigh injury - was also present as the former Liverpool attacker met his new team-mates.

To do that, Barcelona will need to be much better in the final third, where they were flat, inefficient, and easily stifled by Celta in the first leg.

Denis Suárez, Arda Turan, Rafinha Alcantara, Gerard Deulofeu and Aleix Vidal have also been left out amid suggestions that the last four could be shown the exit door during the current January transfer window after having deemed surplus requirements by Valverde.

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It has to be noted that Celta managed to score in every single away game this season (21 goals in 10 matches), so we definitely expect the trend to continue at Camp Nou.

With the goal, he became the top scoring midfielder in the La Liga.

"We go into the game with the idea of winning it".

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Messi then returned the favour by setting up Alba to score past the hapless Sergio Alvarez in the Celta goal before Luis Suarez made it 4-0 on the night after 30 minutes when the Uruguayan burst through the defence.

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