Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Lionel Messi is such a luxury, Jordi Alba reveals why

Lionel Messi is such a luxury, Jordi Alba reveals why

Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time.

Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi scored twice as Spanish giants, Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 on Thursday night to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

The France worldwide has not played since suffering the problem in a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo on December 2.

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

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Suarez pounced on a mistake to make it 4-0 before the interval and leave club-record signing Philippe Coutinho applauding from his seat in the stands.

Two minutes later Messi was at it again, with Jordi Alba again setting him up for another left-footed finish.

Roles were reversed on 28 minutes as Messi's angled ball found Alba who sneaked a shot in at the front post.

Alba's cross from the left was missed by Suarez, allowing Messi to send a fine half-volley into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area, despite Sergio's best efforts.

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"We just weren't capable of defending the Messi-Alba binomial, a link up which we have seen many times and in the La Liga game here last month we were able to stop it", Unzue said in his postgame news conference.

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

Speaking about the game, Valverde said, "The tie is slightly in our favour because of the away goal, but only slightly because Celta always score away from home".

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