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Copa del Rey: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca: Match Review

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Recap of the action from Barcelona's thrashing of Huesca in the Copa del Rey Round of 32 Second Leg.

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FC Barcelona once again demolished Segunda Division B side SD Huesca, in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey, advancing to the next round of the competition by an aggregate victory of 12-1. It was a goal-fest, led by Pedro's first half hat-trick. He was joined on the scoreboard by Andres Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Adriano Correia, Adama Traore and Sandro Ramirez. Huesca countered with a late goal from Carlos David. Barcelona will face Elche or Real Valladolid in the next round.


Barcelona

Huesca

Possession

75%

25%

Total Shots

26

6

Shots on Target

14

1

Corners

9

2

Fouls

2

15

Offsides

3

1

Yellow Cards

0

1

Red Cards

0

0




In a move expected by nobody, but wished for by many, Martin Montoya was named into his first starting XI for the first time since 13 September against Athletic Bilbao, which was the right-back's season debut. With the game all but a formality, heavy rotation was expected, but after the scandalous way Montoya has been treated it came as a slight shock. In goal Luis Enrique handed Jordi Masip his Barcelona debut, a well-deserved reward for the La Masia graduate. Roberto made a rare start in midfield, alongside Barcelona B player Sergi Samper. Another B team player, Munir El Haddadi, started the match.

With Barcelona holding a commanding 4-0 lead from the first leg there wasn't much to play for. For Huesca there was the point of pride of scoring against Barcelona after somehow failing to score at home, for Barcelona, on the other hand, several players were trying to make a case for more playing time.

Though early in the game the former of the two had a better chance of happening as Huesca once again showed how deadly their counterattack can be. Just minutes after the opening whistle they thwarted their first scoring opportunity, after a poor header on target that was easily held by Masip. Quickly thereafter, in the 5th minute, Juan Esnáider, son of former Real Madrid player of the same name, hit the post after a poor giveaway by Adriano.

But that turned out to be the last Huesca chance for the foreseeable future, as Barcelona started to pile on the pressure. Barça had their first good look on goal in the 10th minute when Andres Iniesta found Roberto who headed the ball on goal, only to see it steered away by goalkeeper Dani Jimenez. Jimenez madetwo more saves over the next ten minutes, the second one being an absolute beauty on Marc Bartra, who was leading the Barcelona attack that time.

But Jimenez couldn't hold Barcelona off the scoreboard more than until the 21st minute when Pedro opened the scoring. Pedro finished the chance off with an acrobatic header after a brilliant outside-of-the-boot cross by Munir from the right. Five minutes later it was 2-0 as Pedro scored his second of the game, faking out the goalkeeper before finding the back of the net, after a great through ball from Iniesta.

If it wasn't already clear that the floodgates have opened, it became clear in the 28th minute when Roberto joined the scoring parade. Montoya was left in space on the right side which gave him time to find the midfielder near the penalty spot with a perfect low pass that Roberto one-timed past Jimenez.

Barcelona continued to buzz around the Huesca penalty area, but the next goal didn't come until about 10 minutes later when Iniesta scored his second of the tie. He was able to beat the goalkeeper to the far post after he was played through by a lovely ball from Roberto.

Then suddenly a chance presented itself for Huesca's Álex Bernal, who out of nowhere was left with a clear scoring opportunity, but shanked his shot high and wide. Barcelona were quick to make the visitors pay for the missed chance as in that same minute Pedro completed his hat-trick with an emphatic finish.

Starting preparations for Saturday's match early, Lucho made two substitutions at halftime, leaving Iniesta and Pedro in the dressing room. The two were replaced by Douglas Pereira and Sandro. That brought some reshuffling on the pitch with Montoya switching flanks in the back-line and Adriano moving to the right-wing.

That didn't seem to bother Montoya one bit as he continued to make darting runs forward, timing them to perfection. In the 49th minute he came close to scoring with a sliding finish, but his effort went just wide of the post. Three minutes later, Sandro attempted to extend Barcelona's lead with a curling shot from 20 yards out, but his try was kept out by a diving Jimenez.

Understandably, Barcelona came into the second half less fired up, which showed on the pitch as scoring chances weren't created every two minutes. The hosts still controlled the ball and the game was mostly played inside of Huesca's defensive third, but chances weren't created often.

Until the 68th minute that is, when Samper brilliantly found the onrushing Adriano who was left one-on-one with the keeper. The Brazilian made no mistake, finishing off the play with a lovely strike, scoring his first goal of the season. On the very next play Sandro had a chance to join the scoring, but his show went wide of the target. The youngster had another good look on goal just two minutes later, but yet again he didn't even test the goalkeeper.

In the 74th minute Luis Enrique completed his final sub of the game, replacing a B team player, Munir, with a B team player, Adama, who was making his season debut for the first team. And Adama didn't need much time, or space, to have an impact on the game. After just four minutes on the pitch the young winger made a stunning run past four defenders to get one-on-one with the keeper. He then waited for Jimenez to commit and calmly slotted the ball under the him. A highlight real play that ended in Adama's first goal for the first team - in his third appearance.

But that would not be the end of the scoring as in the 83rd minute Sandro was finally able to find the elusive back of the net. He was sent clean through on goal by a stunning over the top ball from Rafinha, who joined the long list of assist-givers, as Sandro made no mistake this time around. And that would still not be the end of the scoring, however, this time it would be Huesca who finally managed to beat the Barcelona goalkeeper. Fittingly, the goal came off a set-piece as Carlos David finished off a corner kick.

The referee decided that the nine goals were enough for the Camp Nou crowd to see as he blew the final whistle with mere seconds added on, before a tenth goal would've (inevitably) been scored.

Note: With detailed stats once again unavailable it's back to the old-school MotM form.

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