Barcelona v Celta de Vigo

Barcelona v Celta de Vigo

Barcelona v Celta de Vigo

Celta visited Catalonia last month in the league, with the game ending 2-2, and another draw can be backed at 27/4 (7.75).

Barcelona cruise into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey thanks to a 6-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo, achieved with a 5-0 last-16 second-leg win at Camp Nou.

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

Messi again showed his special understanding with Jordi Alba by meeting the left-back's low cross first time for the opener in the 13th minute and moments later played a one-two with the Spain worldwide and slammed the ball into the bottom corner.

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.

The Galicians held the Catalans to a 2-2 draw in early December before the 1-1 stalemate in the first leg of this tie.

And three minutes later, Luis Suarez got in on the action by pouncing on a poor back pass.

With the Sky Blues in fine form at the moment, chances are that Ernesto Valverde will field a much stronger side in the return match, although there will be no place for marquee signing Philippe Coutinho, who is out through injury.

Ernesto Valverde opted for a change on the hour mark as Messi way for Ousmane Dembele, while Celta introduced Brais Mendez for Pione Sisto a minute later.

Samuel Umtiti took part in Barcelona's training session on Tuesday as the centre-back continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

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.

New £145million signing Coutinho was not named in Barca's squad.

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

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