Barcelona face Espanyol in King's Cup quarters, Real play Leganes

Barcelona face Espanyol in King's Cup quarters, Real play Leganes

The full-back has been on song this season, Sport revealing that he provided his sixth and seventh assists for the Argentine alone in the recent 5-0 mauling of Celta Vigo.

Messi grabbed the opening two goals in the 13th and 15th minutes, both finished with a sublime first touch with his left foot, both created by Jordi Alba.

Record signing Philippe Coutinho did not attend the game after completing his rumoured 160 million euros move from Liverpool on Saturday.

Messi scored twice, with Alba, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic also on target as Barca won 6-1 on aggregate and extended their unbeaten streak to 28 matches in all competitions. They played very very well in their 1-1 in the first leg against Barcelona a week ago, and played just as well in a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid at the weekend.

It was a vintage Messi display, too, and despite netting a couple of goals early on, the finest moment of the first half was his involvement in the third.

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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.

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.

Alvaro Garcia got second-division Cadiz's consolation goal in the 86th, leading to jeers from Sevilla's home fans for the team's shaky finish to the match.

Celta Vigo have indeed been in impressive attacking form this season and have scored 32 times in La Liga, equal to Real Madrid and five more than second-placed Atletico Madrid.