Thursday, January 5, 2012

Barca Advances in King's Cup

From IBN Live:

A dominant Barcelona side romped to an easy 4-0 win over Osasuna at Camp Nou in the first leg of their round of 16 Copa del Rey encounter.

Despite some notable absentees in the form of David Villa and Andres Iniesta, and with Lionel Messi initially confined to the bench with flu Barcelona were in full control of this game after just 20 minutes courtesy of a finely-taken brace from Cesc Fabregas. However Messi still managed to have a considerable impact on the game by scoring the third and fourth goals for his side.

To their credit the away side set out to match their illustrious opponents by pushing men forward early on, and did manage to work the ball into a number of promising positions early on but failed to force Pinto into making any notable saves.

However after a heavy period of pressure Barcelona eventually took the lead when Cesc Fabregas finished off a fine team move from inside the area after being played in by Xavi...

Messi was introduced around the hour mark as Pep Guardiola looked to take a comfortable lead to Osasuna's formidable Reyno de Navarra next week.

It only took him 13 minutes to get on the scoresheet however, as he unusually rose highest in a crowded penalty area to emphatically head home Xavi's cross midway through the second half.

The diminutive Argentine then completed the rout, making it 4-0 with a curling finish from the edge of the area after Xavi had again unlocked the Osasuna defence with a well-weighted through ball.

Barcelona travel to Osasuna on January 12 for the second leg of this tie, but, after their comfortable victory this evening they may already have one eye on a potential quarter-final clash against Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid who themselves take a 3-2 lead to Malaga ahead of their second leg.