Lionel Messi takes Barcelona to the last 8 of the Copa Del Rey

2021-02-07 03:20

Lionel Messi takes Barcelona to the last 8 of the Copa Del Rey

Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1.

JAKARTA - Lionel Messi returned from suspension to help bring Barcelona to a 2-1 win when they visit Rayo Vallecano on Thursday (28/1) in the morning WIB to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Barca dominated the match and hit the post three times. But second division Rayo surprisingly took the lead in the 63rd minute when Barca keeper Neto failed to clear a low cross and midfielder Fran Garcia pounced to continue the ball over the line.

Rayo attempted to score a second but missed. Barcelona equalized in the 70th minute. Frenkie de Jong found Antoine Griezmann and the Frenchman fired the ball at Messi, who scored from close range.

The Argentina national team captain was the architect of Barcelona's second goal 10 minutes later. He unleashed Jordi Alba on the left flank who then found De Jong who finished perfectly to send his Catalans into the last eight.

Messi should have added a third in stoppage time after streaking past the Rayo defense, but when it came to shooting he lost ground and could only find the side of the net.

"Actually it was a difficult game, we really had to finish much earlier, but the most important thing is that we can qualify," said Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman ...

source: Reuters

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