Lionel Messi is such a luxury, Jordi Alba reveals why

Lionel Messi.
Rodolfo Molina

Sevilla defeated fellow Andalusian side Cadiz 2-1 at home for a 4-1 aggregate win, while Espanyol overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg by beating Levante 2-0 away to join Barca in Friday's quarter-final draw.

The Argentine was once again at his best on Thursday night, when he scored two goals and provided the assist for another in the Blaugrana's 5-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.

Lionel Messi grabbed a double, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes to take his tally to 21 goals in all competitions this term.

Barca's new record signing Philippe Coutinho - out for three weeks with a thigh injury - was also present as the former Liverpool attacker met his new team-mates.

Messi then turned provider, lobbing a ideal pass behind Celta's back line to meet the run by Alba, who chipped Alvarez to score.

"It's a luxury to have Messi in the team", Alba said in an interview.


Barcelona put five goals past the Celta Vigo goal in the second leg of the fixture to beat them 6-1 on aggregate.

"I hope we have Leo for a while", Alba added. The first Barcelona goal was a result of poor goalkeeping by Alvarez while the second was a fine team goal.

Pione Sisto gifted a goal to Luis Suarez as his attempted back pass to Alvarez was intercepted by the Uruguayan.

Messi helped pad Barcelona's advantage even more before the half-hour mark, returning the favor to Jordi Alba with an inch-perfect diagonal ball, which the sliding left back rifled home to make it 3-0 on the night, 4-1 on aggregate.

So far, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Leganes and Deportivo Alaves have punched their quarterfinal tickets.

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