Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Barca Star Reveals On He Enjoys Playing Alongside Messi

Barca Star Reveals On He Enjoys Playing Alongside Messi

It did not take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch.

Lionel Messi scored twice before Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic completed the victory, ensuring Barca's treble hopes remain alive.

Barcelona have cruised into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey thanks to an emphatic 5-0 win over Celta Vigo in Thursday night's last-16 second leg at Camp Nou.

The title holders had drawn the first leg 1-1 last week with a weakened squad, but named a stronger line-up for the home game to win 6-1 on aggregate.

The tie petered out in the second half but French global Ousmane Dembele showed why Barcelona paid 105 million euros for him a year ago when he dribbled past three defenders from the halfway line before being denied by a desperate tackle.

Valverde took the chance to take off Messi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique after the break, with the fifth goal eventually arriving in the final minute when Rakitic headed home Ousmane Dembele's corner.

Messi broke the deadlock just three minutes later, as he beat Alvarez from 17 yards out after connecting with Alba's first-time cross from the left.

"It's a luxury to have Leo in the side, he's the best in history", he told Gol Television.

Wissam Ben Yedder in the 31st minute and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute were on target for manager Vincenzo Montella's team.

Celta drew 2-2 in the Camp Nou in the La Liga earlier in the season and held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their 89-year existence.

Leganes from the Madrid suburbs were pitted against 19-time Cup winners Real in yesterday's draw having progressed to the last eight on away goals in their two-legged last 16 tie against Villarreal on Thursday.

Lega took a 1-0 lead to the Estadio de la Ceramica for the second leg and despite losing 2-1 in that second game, Nabil El Zhar's goal on the night was enough to see them safely through to the quarters.

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