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Barcelona rout Leganés on route to Copa del Rey quarter-final

Barcelona rout Leganés on route to Copa del Rey quarter-final

Barcelona vs Leganés: as it happened!

GAME OVER! An easy night's work for Barcelona in the end. Early goal from Griezmann and then Lenglet, Messi, Arthur and Messi again sealed the deal. They waltz into the quarter-finals of the Copa.


Free for Lega but Oscar drives it over the bar.


5-0! Messi put through by De Jong and he races to it first, rounds the keeper and buries it into the roof of the net.


Tarín absolutely upends Ansu Fati after the play and he gets himself booked.


Arthur! GOAL! He slams it home. Ball played through to Ansu Fati and he tries to chip it over the keeper, who gets a hand to it. Ball rebounds out to Arthur and he makes precisely no mistake. 4-0.


Awaziem grabs Messi as the ball floats over the two of them. Booked. 


Barcelona going through as it stands. Not looking like much will change either on that front.


Eraso goes a little bit closer but it flies over the bar.


Shot from Oscar. That's speculative to say the least. Miles wide too.


Meanwhile, the referee is having a fairly serious chat with Leganés manager, Aguirre. He gives him a booking in the end for something he's said.


Alba makes way for Firpo.


De Jong with an effort across goal. Just wide!


Vidal for Rakitic.


GOAL! Messi, maybe. The ball finds its way over the line thanks to a scramble. Messi takes it and brings it into the box. he rounds a couple of players and gets slowed down before hitting it off Rodrigues foot. Deflected into the back of the net.

Rakitic getting ready for Barcelona.


Rodrigues and Eraso on for Roque Mesa and Silva. Aguirre makes a change. They play Real Sociedad on Sunday at 12 so I'd imagine he is keeping them for that possibly.


Busquets is fouled by Siovas and Messi tries to restart and get going again. Ref brings it back.


Pique heads clear. 


Dangerous ball in from the left from Silva and Lenglet stoops down to head out for a corner.


Vidal finally gets a shot away. Probably shouldn't have bothered. A mile over the bar.


Leganés with another attempted breakaway but Pique nicks it back and plays it to Ter Stegen. All one-way traffic at the moment.


De Jong also grabbing his face after clashing with Awaziem.


Vidal lines up a shot and Siovas steals it off his foot. Messi was ruled offside anyway but replay shows he wasn't.


As you were with Barcelona's possession.


We are back underway for the second half! 

Confirmation on Barcelona not signing a striker.



A much easier time of it for Barcelona tonight. Foul by Oscar on Messi and he looks a bit fed up after that one. He landed on the ball, which looked quite sore too.


We have two minutes of added time at the end of the half.


Siovas with the foul on Messi. Free for Barcelona.


Vidal to Messi and he loses it with Leganés closing in on them. Busquets jumps into Perez and gives away the free.


Through ball to Griezmann but Cuéllar is out to nab it.


Leganés look dangerous again but Barça recover. Griezmann back to step in front of a Leganés pass and then Awaziem grabs Messi around the neck. Comfortable for Barcelona after their two goals but Leganés have had chances.


Oscar Rodíguez with a striker now and that's over the bar. Took a deflection on the way out. Barcelona looking really soft at the back but Leganés not able to capitalise.


Leganés with a dangerous attack. Silva has the chance to deliver first time and opts not to. He ends up losing it and hits the deck under a challenge from De Jong. He says he was caught with a stray arm. Referee says no.


VAR is checking it but he literally ran unimpeded into the six-yard box and headed home.


GOAL! Lenglet with the finish. He glances Messi's corner home.


Messi corner and he tries to curl it into the net. A scramble to clear it at the front post. They get it away and it's another corner.


Griezmann with the strike. Took a deflection and goes wide but that was very, very close! 


Perez and Busquets clatter into each other. Perez the man who arrived late and he's going to get a booking for himself. He hurt himself too so adding a yellow card to injury.


Braithwaite continues to look dangerous. Ball in from the left from Jonathan Silva and he hits it straight at Ter Stegen.


Busquets is fouled and Messi stands over the free. Ball sent in to Lenglet and he curls a header well over the bar. Got himself free but couldn't get the header on target.


It's getting harder and harder for Leganés to bring the ball out from the back.


Griezmann and Vidal link up now and Vidal drives a shot low and into the side netting.


Ter Stegen down to make a save. Barcelona back on the ball. Leganés have gotten a couple of shots away but they have to be more precise with so few attacks.


Goal-kick for Cuéllar.


Messi with a nice run inside and pass to De Jong. Ball goes out wide to the left and Fati with a nice step-over. Alba onto it and he drills it across goal.


Aitor Ruibal with an effort after some nice work by Roque Mesa and Braithwaite. He drills it over the bar.


Barcelona with 85% possession to this point.


We are back underway after a long delay and Leganés attack. Roque Mesa with a strike but that's well wide.




I think he's trying to decide if Alba was off? VAR currently speaking in his ear.... and we wait.


We had a goal! But it was offside apparently. The referee says Alba was off but not sure if he's right. Griezmann was offside and he scored but it looked like that was the second part of the play and he had re-established himself as being onside.


Barcelona dominating possession now. Griezmann disposessed and it's launched forward to Braithwaite.


Braithwaite loses out to Lenglet and he won't let it lie. He says it was a foul and continues to explain to the referee that it was a foul.

Some very intracite passing by Barcelona but Leganes clear. Barcelona apply even more pressure.


GOAL! Griezmann scores. Messi with a lovely pass in behind to Semedo. He cuts it back to Griezmann and the French attacker strikers home. 1-0.


Vidal steps in front of Roque Mesa and gets fouled. Free for Barcelona. Rapid start to this one.


Ansu Fati down the left and he crosses. Griezmann is there at the front post but it's cleared. Long ball down the field and Braithwaite fights with Pique. The Barça defender comes out on top, but just about, as the home side build again.


Leganés on the attack straight away! Braithwaite drives a shot just wide of Ter Stegen's far post. 


We are underway!

We are just minutes away from kick-off now. The teams emerge out onto the field with Barcelona wearing their blaugrana shirts and Leganés in their luminious green strips.

Here's the situation at Barcelona regarding an attacker. Setien really likes Collado so this makes sense and they're just hoping that Dembele can manage to stay fit.

Barcelona's director of sporting relations, Guillermo Amor, has told Barcelona TV that they club will not be signing a striker.

Leganés are second from bottom. Barcelona are second. They played each othe earlier in the season and Leganés were unluck not to nick at least a point. The scorer of the opening goal in that game for Leganés was En Nesyri and he has left for Sevilla though and they will continue to struggle without him.

There is talk at the highest level at Barcelona that the players look confused and not organised.


The change of manager and current state of the team is the tip of the iceberg at Barcelona with erratic direction to blame for a lot of the club's recent woes.

That's a first choice eleven for Setien as he tries to get his players up to speed with his tactics and philosophy. They were beaten, fairly soundly, by Valencia at the weekend. He said after that game that: "It's possible the players are not grasping certain things."

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Vidal, Griezmann, Fati, Messi.

Griezmann with a Kobe Bryant shirt.

Leganés XI: cuéllar, Silva, Roque Mesa, Braithwaite, Awaziem, Tarín, Rosales, Ruibal, Pérez, Siovas, Óscar Rodríguez.

Leganés in the house.

Barcelona are racing against the clock to sign a striker but it looks like they might decide against it now. Luis Suarez is out for the rest of the season and Rodrigo looks like a non-runner. Carles Perez has left for Roma and Barcelona, already struggling, have been weakened considerably in the transfer market with three exits and zero arrivals.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage online of Barcelona vs Leganés as Setien tries to regain some confidence after the loss to Valencia. Leganés are looking to build on their 0-0 draw at the Wanda against Atlético at the weekend. Kick-off in this one at 19:00 CEST.


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