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Barcelona 5-0 Leganes, Copa del Rey: Lionel Messi at the double for Quique Setien’s men

The hosts cruised to victory at the Camp Nou

FC Barcelona v Leganes - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Leganes at the Camp Nou.

First-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Clement Lenglet sent the hosts on their way to victory, while Lionel Messi scored twice and Arthur was also on target after the break.

FIRST HALF

Barcelona got off to the perfect start when Griezmann netted the opener with less than four minutes on the clock. Lionel Messi sent Nelson Semedo running into acres of space down the right, and he cut the ball back to the Frenchman to take a touch and fire past Cuellar.

Griezmann thought he had a second five minutes later from close range only to see his effort ruled out for an offside by Jordi Alba in the build-up after a lengthy VAR check.

Barcelona continued to dominate possession and Alba and Griezmann both fired shots wide before Lenglet made it 2-0 just before the half-hour mark. The centre-back flicked home Messi’s corner to put the hosts in charge.

SECOND HALF

The second half started in similar fashion, and Barca finished off the tie with a third just before the hour. Messi sprinted clear down the right, beat a couple of defenders and saw his shot take a big deflection on its way into the back of the net.

Quique Setien made use of his substitutes after the third goal went in, sending on Ivan Rakitic and Junior Firpo for Vidal and Alba. Arthur also came on for the last 20 minutes and handed Griezmann a well-earned breather.

Indeed the Brazilian midfielder added Barca’s fourth just five minutes after coming on, knocking home a loose ball after Messi and Ansu Fati had both been denied by Cuellar.

Messi then completed the scoring in the final minute of normal time. The GOAT was released by Rakitic and rounded Cuellar before slamming his shot high into the net.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba (Junior); De Jong, Busquets, Vidal (Rakitic); Messi, Griezmann (Arthur).

Goals: (Griezmann 4’, Lenglet 27’, Messi 59’, 89’, Arthur 77’)

Leganes: Cuéllar; Tarín, Siovas, Awaziem; Rosales, Roque Mesa (Eraso), Pérez, Silva (Rodrigues); Ruibal, Braithwaite (Plomer), Óscar

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