Barcelona 5-0 Real Murcia: match report
Triple King's Cup holders Barcelona stormed into the last 16 by hammering Real Murcia 5-0 on Wednesday with a second-string team, completing an 8-0 aggregate victory over the third division side.
As in the 3-0 first-leg win, Spanish striker Paco Alcacer opened the scoring for Barca, heading home a pass that ricocheted off a Murcia defender in the 16th minute.
Murcia survived without conceding for the rest of the half but fell apart in the second. Gerard Pique started and completed a one-two with Aleix Vidal to score the second 11 minutes after the interval and right back Vidal netted with a header.
Denis Suarez added the fourth with a classy touch inside the area to bring a chipped pass under control which he followed with a deft finish into the far corner and reserve team player Jose Arnaiz completed the scoring.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde made nine changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Valencia in Sunday's top-of-the-table La Liga clash
Barcelona vs Murcia live: as it happened
90'+1' Game over as Barcelona beat Murcia 5-0.
89' Meanwhile, however, Lleida putting Real Sociedad out as it stands with a 3-2 win and Real Madrid drew with Fuenlabrada last night meaning the second legs do have some merit for the smaller clubs.
84' You have to question the second legs.
84' All very tame now. Real Murcia without a single shot on or off target.
81' Deulofeu through on goal. He takes a really poor touch straight into the keeper's hands though. He blesses himself. Very frustrating night for him.
78' Jose Arnaiz with a nice finish. Drives home with his left as Denis Suárez involved yet again. Barcelona running riot.
77' Arniz wants a penalty and might have a case as he is bundled out of the way by Vega after taking a touch in the area.
74' What a goal! Absolutely beautiful take and beautiful finish. Ball chipped in over the top from Sergi Roberto and he takes it down with the right and finishes with the left.
66' Sanchez off for Jara.
66' Arnaz with a chance. Vidal yet again and he squares for the sub. Sees his shot blocked!
62' Busquets replaced by Sergi Roberto.
62' Arnaiz replaces Nelson Semedo.
60' Aleix Vidal with a looping diving(?) header. Lovely goal.
59' Vidal with another run forward and he clips it forward to Alcácer. Too far.
57' That's Piqué's last act tonight on the field. He's replaced by David Costas.
56' Vidal with another incisive run. He crosses to Piqué - or anyone - and the defender pokes it home.
54' Nearly an excellent goal. Deulofeu receives the ball off Aleña and turns, strikes and hits the post. So unlucky.
52' Digne drives over.
52' Deulofeu with a good chance. Sees it blocked again but he wins a corner.
50' Alcacer dropping very deep now to win the ball and lay it off.
48' Vidal receives the ball off Deulofeu and after some neat footwork, gets a shot away.
47' Excellent run by Denis Suárez. Fouled, quite clearly, but the referee plays advantage. It falls to Deulofeu but he sees his shot blocked.
46' No changes for either side.
46' We are back underway!
Bringing you changes and team news now! Both teams back on the field.
45' Half-time! Dominant half by the home side but equally as frustrating as they haven't really opened up the visiting side.
44' Deulofeu throws a cross into the box and it falls to Aleña but he can't do anything with it.
43' Cillessen rushes off his line and clears as Ferreira closes him down.
41' Vidal tries another nutmeg and it doesn't work out this time. Looks to be limping away from that collision too. Enjoying himself in that role.
40' Cillessen gathers a cross from the left and starts his own cross.
39' Vidal with an ambitious ball out to Deulofeu. It makes it to him but his touch takes it over the endline.
38' Clipped forward but offside. Wasted chance.
37' Piqué fouls Sanchez as he comes down on his foot after he passes the ball.
37' Murcia attack but Piqué covers well, plays it back to Cillessen and he clears. Good pressure from the visitors.
35' Aleña fouled by Sanchez as he turnes the Murcia captain and looks upfield.
31' well won back by Vidal and he feeds Aleña but he drives it over. He tried to curl it into the top corner but got it all wrong.
29' Piqué with a long, diagonal ball to Digne, who heads it down to nobody. Ideal chance for someone to run onto but Deulofeuo napping.
28' Deulofeu offside. Battling but frustrated now. He started very well but is all action and little end product.
26' Poor control by Molinero forces the ball over the line. Already a seriously uphill battle but that won't help!
25' Vermaelan fould Ferreira as he catches him with an elbow to the head as he wins the ball. Real Murcis trying their best to break out now.
24' Real Murcia with their best spell but it ends as Vega loses it on the left and inside the box.
22' Deulofeu outnumbered and dispossessed on the left but Barcelona win the ball back and start another attack.
21' Digne with a cross near the endline. Cleared.
19' Handball by Sanchez in a dangerous position for Barcelona. No Messi on the field should help their case but still, Alcacer lining it up. Hits the wall in the end!
18' Deulofeu with another incivive run as Real Murcia clear this time.
17' Long ball over the top to Vidal fails to high the target but he applauds the effort anyway. Another corner!
16' Good work by Deulofeu and Aleix Vidal, who was roaming around the attacking midfield.
16' GOAL! Alcacer in the right place at the right time and he heads home.
15' Digne wins yet another corner. This time from the left. Barcelona haven't looked dangerous in the penalty area since the start despite their dominance. Vermaelen can't reach that one as Real Murcia restart play.
13' Aleña woos the Barcelona crowd with some nifty footwork. More possession for Barcelona as they build again.
13' Barcelona win another corner.
11' Vidal with a neat nutmeg and cross but that's rejected and Semedo follows up and wins a corner.
10' That's not because Real Murcia are really bad. It's just that Barcelona are full of energy and pressing up really high.
9' Real Murcia really forced back now. All Barcelona.
7' Incisive by Deulofeu as he plays it to aleña after a cut inside. The B teamers strikes but sees his shot blocked.
6' Digne with a dangerous cross. Alcacer gets to it first at the front post but it's wide.
5' Some decent possession by Barcelona out on the right. The spread it left and back again. Still no way through though.
4' Semedo looks for Vidal streaking down the sideline but he puts it out for a throw.
4' Deulofeu runs it out over the endline. Goalkick.
2' Early ball lofted in by Piqué but Santome is comfortable with it.
1' We are underway!
Players in the tunnel and ready to emerge!
Real Murcia are missing their top scorer, Elady Zorrilla, after he was sent off against FC Jumilla recently. He scored the winner too before he was given his marching orders.
Suárez has struggled in front of goal recently and his woes seem no sign of disappearing. Paco Alcacer could find himself in position to really push the Uruguyuan for a place in the starting line-up if he can find the back of the net tonight!
Vermaelen with his first back-to-back start in 458 days. The last time he did that was for Roma where he spent the season on loan. Sadly, after those two games, he missed 11 games.
We have a Barcelona XI: Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Digne, Aleix Vidal, Denis, Busquets, Aleña, Deulofeu, Alcacer.
Valverde is expected to field a changed side tonight, handing minutes to the likes of Cillessen, Aleix Vidal, Oriol Busquets, Carles Aleñá, David Costas and Paco Alcácer. The Barça coach has included five B team players in his squad for the game, including goalkeeper Adrián Ortolá and winger José Manuel Arnáiz.
Just going on form alone Murcia have the upper hand, they've won four out of their last five matches (losing one), while Barcelona have won just two, with three draws. That said, Barcelona play in the Spanish top flight and the Champions League and Murcia, er, don't.
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Speaking ahead of the game, Murcia manager Salmerón stated that they will go into this game "with enthusiasm and desire to compete and give a good account of themselves", although acknowledged that the tie was practically decided.
Hello and thank you for joining us for our build up to tonight's second leg of the Copa del Rey Last 32 match from the Camp Nou. We'll be keeping an eye on everything to do with the clubs involved and bringing it to you throughout the day.
Barcelona vs Murcia live stream online: match preview
Barcelona will once again throw in a selection of the wider squad for a game against lower league competition despite Real Madrid's wobble at the Bernabéu last night.
After their 0-3 first leg away win Barça welcome Murcia with few expecting a surprise result on the night and bookmakers offering pretty much anything you want on a complete turnaround in the tie.
The Blaugranas will rest at least eight regulars (Messi, Luis Suárez, Busquets, Iniesta, Alba, Umtiti, Ter Stegen and Rakitic) who will then be fresh for the more challenging visit of Celta Vigo this weekend. Big Belgian, and ex-Arsenal defender, Thomas Vermaelen will form part of the side as he aims to add minutes and confidence to his role for the current LaLiga favourites. Manager Ernesto Valverde may need him fit and sharp for the season ahead where the side are fighting on various fronts.
Mascherano, André Gomes and Sergi Roberto remain sidelined as do the longer-term injured pair of Ousmane Dembéle and Rafinha.
The lesser-seen players from the fringes brought into training recently include Ortalá, Costas, Cuenca, Aleñá, Cardona, Vitinho and Oriol Busquets. Home fans will likely get a chance to check out their potential on a slightly bigger stage. Carles Aleñá could well start in midfield while David Costas could partner Vermaelen.
Murcia, are enjoying a positive streak of results and come into this no-lose game with "hope and desire to compete". Having won five of their last six games the Segunda B side sit in fifth place and are relishing the journey to the Catalan giants.
Manager José María Salmerón will mix things up from his line up in the last game and look to take advantage of a more inexperienced Barça XI, one that has not played together significantly.
Defender Juan Ramón Gómez-Pimpollo and strikers Xisco Martínez and Víctor Curto will miss out through injury, but midfielder Juan Manuel Bravo "Juanma" is expected to get a run out. Returning from knocks will be Abel Molinero, Nadjib Mengoud, Pedro Martín, and David Matetos.
In addition, Adrián Melgar and the Brazilian Renato da Silva have been named in the matchday squad.
Barcelona vs Murcia live online: betting odds
If you fancy a big upset in the Camp Nou you can smugly wander into the bookmakers after the game (or virtually via the website) to collect your winnings. A Murcia victory over their illustrious opponents will turn €10 into €350. If you lump your Pavarotti on a 0-1 result it would magically (almost unbelievably) transform into €1,250. Stay safe!