Lionel Messi scored two goals in Copa del Rey. Barcelona qualified comfortably for the quarter-finals by defeating Celta Vigo 5-0 at Camp Nou on their last lap of the stage on Thursday.
The Argentine and his offensive partner Luis Suarez were summoned by Barça coach Ernesto Valverde, who pulled his strongest team against the Galicians, with the tie delicately prepared in 1-1 after the match last week at Vigo.
Messi again showed his particular understanding with Jordi Alba when he met the left midfielder of the first base for the first match in the 13th minute and a few moments later played a double with the Spain international and has crushed the balloon in the lower corner.
Alba scored seven goals for Messi this season in all competitions and Barça’s top scorer returned the favor with a deep curling pass as his teammate slipped inside the first post for the third goal in the 28th minute.
Suarez extended the score in the 31st minute, taking advantage of Pione Sisto’s poor pass to score in the fifth straight game and Ivan Rakitic completed the loss of a header in the 87th minute against the former coach’s team. Barça Juan Carlos Unzue.
Sevilla beat Cádiz 2-1 at home with a cumulative 4-1 win, while Espanyol canceled a 2-1 deficit in the first leg by beating Levante 2-0 to join Barça in the first leg. Friday’s draw in the quarter-finals.