Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Messi's 2 Goals Help Barcelona Advance in Copa del Rey

Messi's 2 Goals Help Barcelona Advance in Copa del Rey

Suarez, who has found his groove after a tiresome start to season, shot the ball high into the net in the 38th minute off a cross from Sergi Roberto to score his fifth goal in four games.

The Argentinean scored in the 13th and 15th minute following passes from Jordi Alba.

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.

New signing Philippe Coutinho watched from the Camp Nou stands following his club-record transfer from Liverpool earlier this week.

Messi was on hand to double Barca's lead on the quarter-hour mark after playing Alba into space, who in turn charged down the wing and played the ball back into the path of the Argentine, who duly drilled home.

However, their gung-ho approach has left gaps in the back and 27 goals conceded has seen much of their good work in attack go to waste.

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Suarez netted in the 31st after pouncing on a poor pass by Pione Sisto, before Rakitic nodded home at the end.

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.

Sevilla beat Cadiz 2-1 with goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa to advance 4-1 on aggregate.

Given Celta have performed well against the better sides in La Liga this season, there was no sense that this tie was over after the first leg.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admits he is hoping to avoid Real Madrid when the draw for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals are made.

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