Copa del Rey wrap: Barca rout Osasuna
Barcelona romped to a 4-0 win over Osasuna in the first leg of their fifth round Copa del Rey clash.
Cesc Fabregas and second-half substitute Lionel Messi scored twice to take a firm grip on the cup-tie, with the second leg on January 12.
Fabregas scored his brace in the 14th and 18th minutes before Messi, who was on the bench with the flu, scoring in the 73rd and 90th minutes.
Barca’s opener came after Fabregas finished off a fine team move from inside the area after being played in by Xavi.
Xavi continued to dictate from midfield and he was the provider once more as Fabregas scored again four minutes later, chipping over Asier Riesgo and into the top corner from 15 yards.
Messi was introduced on the hour mark as coach Pep Guardiola looked to take a comfortable lead to Osasuna’s formidable Reyno de Navarra ground.
It only took Messi 13 minutes to get on the scoresheet however, as he rose highest in a crowded penalty area to emphatically head home Xavi’s cross.
The Argentine completed the rout with a curling finish from the edge of the area after Xavi had again unlocked the Osasuna defence with a well-weighted through ball.
Sociedad beat Mallorca 2-0 with Mikel Aranburu scoring after 17 minutes and Imanol Agirretxe adding the second in the 55th minute.
Thu 5 January, 2012