Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo (6-1 aggregate): 5 talking points

Lynette Rowe
January 12, 2018

But Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first.

"I would say I'd prefer not to draw Real Madrid", Valverde admitted in his news conference after the game.

Lionel Messi grabbed a double, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes to take his tally to 21 goals in all competitions this term.

Roles were reversed on 28 minutes as Messi's angled ball found Alba who sneaked a shot in at the front post.

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

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With the tie effectively at an end, Ernesto Valverde took the chance to give Messi some rest, replacing his number 10 with Ousmane Dembele just before the hour mark to deafening applause from Camp Nou.

Alba's cross from the left was missed by Suarez, allowing Messi to send a fine half-volley into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area, despite Sergio's best efforts. It often looks like Messi is playing a different game to his contemporaries and after getting his name on the scoresheet twice he set up Barcelona's third goal.

A 5-0 demolition job with a much stronger starting eleven was more than enough to ensure Barcelona's progress in the Copa Del Rey after being held 1-1 in the first leg.

Sevilla survived a scare to get past Cadiz 2-1, 4-1 on aggregate.

Wissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella's team. Unzue made six changes to the team that drew 2-2 against Real Madrid in the weekend.

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