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Messi on target as Barcelona qualify for Copa del Rey quarter-finals

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Barcelona had to fight from a goal down to beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 and qualify for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday.

 

Lionel Messi returned to the starting XI after a two-game suspension.

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Despite his return, Barca couldn’t find a way in the first 45 minutes they dominated.

 

Rayo then grew into the game and took the lead in the second half with a tap-in from Fran Garcia after keeper Neto spilled the ball right in his path.

 

Messi equalised for Barca through a counter attack after being pitched by Antoine Griezmann.

 

Soon after, the Catalans took the lead as Jordi Alba prepared Frenkie de Jong for another close-range goal

Sevilla also booked their place in the quarter-finals on Friday when after defeating 2019 Copa winners Valencia 3-0 at home.

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