Lionel Messi and Cesc
Fabregas each scored twice as Barcelona thrilled the Nou Camp
with a crushing 4-0 win over Osasuna in their King's Cup last 16
first leg on Wednesday.
The Spanish, European and world champions completely
dominated their La Liga rivals, victory made all the sweeter
when talisman Messi came off the bench to add two goals to
first-half strikes from the former Arsenal captain.
Barca had said Messi would miss the game with flu but the
Argentine World Player of the Year was able to replace Pedro for
the final half-hour against an outclassed Osasuna.
Fabregas, who was at Barca's youth school with Messi before
moving to London, put the home side ahead in the 13th minute.
He doubled their lead five minutes later with a fine piece
of close control and a sublime chip over goalkeeper Asier
The 24-year-old Fabregas has been in blistering form since
returning to the Catalan capital in the close-season and
thriving in the more advanced role he has been given by coach
Messi netted a rare header from a Fabregas cross 20 minutes
from time before picking up a pass from the influential Xavi in
added-time and curling a shot into the corner of the net.
"I didn't vomit and there was no fever, I just had a stomach
ache, nothing more," Messi said in a television interview.
"That's why I couldn't take part in this morning's training
but later on I recovered enough to be able to play."
Barring upsets in next week's second legs, Barca face a
quarter-final clash with bitter rivals Real Madrid, who beat them
1-0 in last year's final.
Jose Mourinho's side came back from two goals down to win
their last 16 first leg against Malaga 3-2 on Tuesday.
Real Sociedad, King's Cup winners in 1987, took the upper
hand against Real Mallorca when they beat the 2003 champions 2-0
at their Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian earlier on Wednesday.
There were surprise results in Tuesday's other three games.
Third-tier Mirandes took a 2-0 lead over visiting Racing
Santander, while another Segunda B side, Albacete, drew 0-0 at
home to Athletic Bilbao.
Second-division Alcorcon, who eliminated Real Zaragoza at
the last 32 stage, snatched a 2-1 win at home to Levante.
Valencia host 2010 winners Sevilla and Espanyol play at
second-division Cordoba in Thursday's remaining two first legs.
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