Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
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Barcelona 5-0 Elche

Lionel Messi
Messi scored his 27th goal of the season from the penalty spot

Lionel Messi and Neymar returned as Barcelona ended a turbulent few days with a 5-0 thrashing of Elche in the Copa del Rey.

The pair were rested for Sunday's loss at David Moyes's Real Sociedad, and it was Neymar who opened the scoring after being set up by Luis Suarez.

Suarez's low shot and a Lionel Messi penalty ensured a 3-0 interval lead.

And Jordi Alba's composed finish and a fierce Neymar drive confirmed the win in the first leg of the last 16 tie.

Barcelona will meet either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, unless Elche produce something incredible in next Thursday's second leg.

Victory may ease the pressure on coach Luis Enrique after reports he had fallen out with Messi and that his job was at risk after sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was sacked.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forSamperat 76'minutes
  • 15Bartra
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forCorreiaat 61'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 14Mascherano
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forPedroat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Montoya
  • 7Pedro
  • 8Iniesta
  • 21Correia
  • 25Masip
  • 26Samper
  • 31El Haddadi

Elche

  • 25Tyton
  • 2SuárezBooked at 42mins
  • 3RocoBooked at 45mins
  • 18PelegrínBooked at 78mins
  • 21Albácar Gallego
  • 5CismaSubstituted forFragapaneat 73'minutes
  • 24Pasalic
  • 4Rodríguez Lombán
  • 20Fajr
  • 10CorominasBooked at 58minsSubstituted forÑíguez Esclapezat 60'minutes
  • 9HerreraSubstituted forCristian de Jesusat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ñíguez Esclapez
  • 8González Morales
  • 17Rodríguez Romero
  • 22Cristian de Jesus
  • 31Freixanet Viejo
  • 34Fragapane
  • 35Gálvez
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
30,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamElche
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home19
Away2
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 8th January 2015

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