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Lionel Messi is such a luxury, Jordi Alba reveals why

Lionel Messi is such a luxury, Jordi Alba reveals why

And his call paid off in an 18-minute first-half blitz that saw Messi net twice before Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez got in on the act.

Celta Vigo forced Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the first leg encounter.

Barca took the lead after 13 minutes as Jordi Alba raided down the flank and fired a low cross into the box, where Lionel Messi was on hand to slot home.

Luis Suarez made it 4-0 before halftime, while Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele before the hour mark.

Barcelona took their foot off the pedal in the second half and Ivan Rakitic completed the scoring three minutes from time.

Gerard Moreno then smacked the post as Espanyol continued to threaten on the break but he added a second before the break when Tono failed to clear by booting the ball against his goalkeeper allowing Moreno to score.

"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.

Barcelona extended its unbeaten run this season to 28 straight matches, dating back to its losses to Real Madrid in both legs of the Spanish Super Cup in August.

Sevilla beat Cadiz 2-1 with goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa to advance 4-1 on aggregate.

So far, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Leganes and Deportivo Alaves have punched their quarterfinal tickets.

Joaquin Correa's shot was saved but Wissam Ben Yedder finished off the rebound.

"It was a complicated match". "But I shouldn't say that because it will mean we'll draw them!"

Even when Barcelona were comfortably poised at 2-0, their pace did not drop down.

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