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Messi double against Celta Vigo helps Barcelona reach King's Cup quarter-finals

Messi double against Celta Vigo helps Barcelona reach King's Cup quarter-finals”

With the tie balanced at 1-1 after the away leg, Messi starred at the Camp Nou with a pair of goals two minutes apart in the first half.

Suarez nearly capped the win with a spectacular chip from 40 yards, with the ball just sailing wide of the left-hand post, but Rakitic added gloss to the scoreline three minutes from time with a firm header from Dembele's corner. The Brazil midfielder will make his debut after he recovers from a right leg muscle injury.

Messi quickly quashed any chance of Celta springing an upset.

Suarez stretched the lead in the 31st by capitalising on Pione Sisto's sloppy back pass to score for the fifth game running and Ivan Rakitic completed the rout with a header in the 87th against ex-Barca assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue's team.

Alba has now set up seven of Messi's 22 goals this season, while Messi has set up both of Alba's strikes.

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Three minutes later, Luis Suarez got on the scoresheet with a fine first-time finish after he profited from an error in the Celta defence.

The two La Liga giants both secured their progression from the last-16, with Barca seeing off the challenge of Celta Vigo while Madrid shot down Numencia.

Barca join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia in the draw for the quarterfinal, which will take place on Friday. Correa then headed in from a corner taken by Pablo Sarabia in the 54th. "We are all suffering from the derby loss", Correa said.

Goals by forwards Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno helped Espanyol to a 2-0 victory at Levante, sending the Barcelona-based team through 3-2 on aggregate.



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