Barcelona trounce Cueta to succeed in Copa quarters

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Robert Lewandowski scored a brace and led a second-string Barcelona facet to a 5-0 win at third-tier Ceuta within the Copa del Rey final 16 on Thursday.

Raphinha, Ansu Fati and Franck Kessie had been additionally heading in the right direction towards a hapless Ceuta.

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Barca supervisor Xavi Hernandez made 10 modifications to the group that gained 3-1 the Spanish Tremendous Cup closing towards Actual Madrid on Sunday, resting all his key gamers aside from Lewandowski, and was pleased with the end result after the match.

“I would highlight the team’s attitude,” Xavi mentioned. “We had the experience of Intercity [in the last round when Barca needed extra time], which can happen if you drop your intensity. We struggled to create in the first half but the second period was really good. The team showed hunger.

“Ceuta had been actually up for it, however we produced a severe efficiency. We’ve an ideal squad. It isn’t a second group. They’re essential gamers and they are going to be till the top of the season.”

The guests had been dominant in each side of the sport and took the lead within the fortieth minute when Raphinha curled in a shot from the sting of the realm.

Lewandowski prolonged Barca’s lead 5 minutes after the interval when Kessie stole the ball from a Ceuta defender and handed it to the Polish striker for a simple faucet in.

Substitute Fati made it 3-0 within the seventieth minute by dribbling previous a defender earlier than slotting a right-footed strike into the far submit.

Kessie netted the fourth with a towering header from a Raphinha cross within the 77th minute and Lewandowski completed a counter-attack with a mild contact to the goalkeeper’s left within the ninetieth minute.

Barca joined Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, Actual Sociedad and Sevilla within the quarterfinals.

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