Copa Del Rey Report: FC Barcelona v Celta Vigo 11 January 2018
Jan 12 2018
Lionel Messi was rested for the first leg but will be ready to start on Thursday night.
The result ensures that the Catalan giants, who drew 1-1 with Celta in the first leg on January 4, progress to the quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win. The centre-back pairing of Celta Vigo had a horrific night at the Camp Nou.
On 13 minutes, the No. 10 had Barcelona in front after he converted a cutback from Alba on the half-volley.
He then returned the favor in the 28th minute with a pass which allowed Alba to put Barca 3-0 ahead. Already it was looking like a massive ask for Celta, who were being torn about by a vintage Barcelona display.
Messi not only scored two in the first half as Barca eased 4-0 clear at the break at the Camp Nou, but he also played in Jordi Alba for his side's third goal with sublime accuracy.
Messi dropped deep, looked up and angled an unbelievable pass into the left-back's path over the top of the defence.
Suarez added Barca's fourth goal, his 12th of the campaign, after a mistake from Pione Sisto as Ernesto Valverde's side went into half-time with a commanding lead.
The tie petered out in the second half but French global 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. Barcelona holds the slight edge heading into the second leg by virtue of its away goal in the opening leg.
The main entertainment in the second half came from Dembele late on, who produced some wonderful pieces of skill to get the supporters on their feet.
Barca did make it a five-star performance, though, as Rakitic took advantage of some woeful Celta defending to head home from a corner three minutes from time.
The Barcelona boss will still be unable to use new signing Philippe Coutinho with the former Liverpool ace having arrived to the Nou Cam with a thigh injury which is expected to keep him on the sidelines until the end of the month.