Thanks to two goals and an assist from Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona won Leganés 5-0 on Thursday in the eighth finals of the Copa del Rey. Luuk de Jong and Sevilla were surprised by second divisionist Mirandés (3-1).
Messi booked his five hundredth victory in the shirt of Barcelona, a first in Spanish football. The 32-year-old Argentinian needed 710 matches to reach the milestone.
Barcelona came against Leganés, the number nineteen of La Liga, already in the fourth minute ahead by a goal from Antoine Griezmann. Clément Lenglet headed in the 2-0 halfway through the first half from a corner by Messi.
The star made the 3-0 himself after an hour. After a nice pass from Frenkie de Jong - who played ninety minutes at Barcelona - and some rumbling in the sixteen-meter area of Leganés, Messi hit through a defender.
A goal from Arthur and the second goal from Messi determined the final score at 5-0. The captain of the thirty-time cup winner now stands at 622 goals and 261 assists for 'Barça'.
Class pass Frenkie de Jong ➡ Action Messi ➡ Frommelgoal! Barcelona is finished after an hour of play with Leganés. #BARLEG #CopaDelRey #ziggosportAvatar
For the users of the app: click on the video to view Frenkie de Jong's pass and Lionel Messi's first goal.
Seville blames Miranda de Ebro
Sevilla did not qualify for the quarter finals of the Spanish cup tournament. The number three of La Liga paid a visit to Mirandés, which is tenth in the Segunda Division: 3-1.
Mateus Aias already gave the home team the lead in the seventh minute and the Brazilian also made it 2-0 after half an hour at the Estadio Municipal de Anduva in Miranda de Ebro.
Álvaro Peña missed a penalty on behalf of Mirandés in the second half, but in the final phase it was 3-0 through Alvaro Rey. Nolito's goal hit much too late for Seville.
Luuk de Jong played with the visitors throughout the match. The Dutchman scored in the second round of the cup and was good for an assist in the third round, but against Mirandés he shared in the malaise at Sevilla.
Quarter-finalists Copa del Rey
- Athletic Bilbao
- Real Madrid
- Real Sociedad
- FC Barcelona