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Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

AFP  |  Madrid 

put on a masterclass in front of new recruit as trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 to ease into the del Rey quarter-finals 6 -1 on aggregate. Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from It didn't take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch. "The first half was extraordinary," said Level at 1-1 after the first leg, the three-time defending champions were 4-0 up by half-time. Messi grabbed the opening two goals in the 13th and 15th minutes, both finished with a sublime first touch with his left foot, both created by Messi then returned the favour by setting up Alba to score past the hapless in the Celta goal before made it 4-0 on the night after 30 minutes when the Uruguayan burst through the defence. The tie petered out in the second half but French international Ousmane Dembele showed why paid 105 million euros for him last year when he dribbled past three defenders from the halfway line before being denied by a desperate Dembele did have time to set up the fifth goal of the night three minutes from the end when his corner was headed home from close range by an unmarked "It's luxury to have Leo in the side, he's the best in history.

We always look for each other to score goals and today we have done it twice," said Alba. Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time. also progressed with a 2-1 win at home to second-tier Cadiz for a 4-1 aggregate. Wissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella's team. On Wednesday, Real laboured to a 2-2 draw with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate. In a much-changed side, scored both of Real's goals after the 11th and 59th minutes. But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the of half-time and then after 82 minutes. Numancia ended the game with 10 men after Dani Calvo was red-carded in the dying moments. Leganes, a modest club from the suburbs, reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their 89-year existence. Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are currently sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0. Moroccan international scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 09:45 IST
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