Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
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Villanovense 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona's Marc Bartra (centre left) tries to win a heading battle
Barcelona's Marc Bartra (centre left) tries to win a heading battle

Treble winners Barcelona underwhelmed as they struggled to a 0-0 draw at third-tier Villanovense in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-32 tie.

Youthful-looking Barca, without regular forwards Neymar and Luis Suarez, only managed three efforts on target.

"For a player it is not easy to play a game when you don't have many minutes," said coach Luis Enrique, who gave five players their first starts this season.

The second leg of the tie is at the Nou Camp on 2 December.

Villanovense, who had eight efforts on goal, went close through Javi Sanchez, whose header came off the bar.

Spanish forward Munir El Haddadi should have scored for Barca but fired wide from close range, while defender Marc Bartra had a header from a corner tipped over by keeper Jose Antonio Fuentes.

Barcelona keeper Jordi Masip said: "The most important thing is that we didn't give up any goals.

"I don't think it was a bad game on our part because we created chances, it just wasn't to be. Now we need to resolve the game at home."

The Catalan club won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League last season.

Line-ups

Villanovense

  • 1Fuentes Carrión
  • 2Trinidad GuerreroBooked at 82mins
  • 4Verdejo Ruiz
  • 5Sánchez-Paniagua Blázquez
  • 3Tapia Parejo
  • 6Pajuelo ZazoBooked at 53mins
  • 8Sánchez Curiel
  • 11Moraga Martín
  • 10Pérez SastreSubstituted forMato Poseat 70'minutes
  • 7Calatrava ParedesSubstituted forCaballero Gonzálezat 76'minutes
  • 9Ruiz CutillasSubstituted forGuarnido Blázquezat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Caballero González
  • 13Peral
  • 14González Ledesma
  • 15Guarnido Blázquez
  • 16Mato Pose

Barcelona

  • 25Masip
  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 15Bartra
  • 23Vermaelen
  • 24Mathieu
  • 26Samper
  • 28GumbauBooked at 59mins
  • 34KaptoumSubstituted forCantalapiedra Fernándezat 64'minutes
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 21Adriano

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 6Dani Alves
  • 18Alba
  • 33Cantalapiedra Fernández
Referee:
Eduardo Prieto Iglesias

Match Stats

Home TeamVillanovenseAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away5

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