Messi stars with brace as Barca cruise

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FC Barcelona brushed past Celta Vigo 5-0 and 6-1 on aggregate to book their place in the last 16 of the King's Cup knockout tournament on Thursday night. After a disappointing 1-1 draw at the Estadio de Balaidos, Valverde's men put in an eye-catching display in front of their home fans.

Manager Juan Carlos Unzue will be hoping for another big showing from his players at the Camp Nou, but whether they can produce a third high-intensity performance in a week remains to be seen, and it will be tougher for Celta on Thursday as Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is likely to field a stronger line up than he did in the first leg.

In team news, new Barca signing Philippe Coutinho won't be making his debut just yet due to an injury, but the star trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Andres Iniesta, who all missed the first leg, are included in the squad.

That proved to be the final piece of goal-mouth action of the half as Barca ran out 5-0 winners on the night and 6-1 aggregate winners in the tie.

On that note, let's take a look at the key talking points from the game.

Daniel Wass and Hugo Malla struggled to keep up with the pace of Jordi Alba and succumbed under pressure.

A pic for the nostalgically minded... Luis Enrique hoisting the Copa del Rey trophy after the 2016/17 win
A pic for the nostalgically minded... Luis Enrique hoisting the Copa del Rey trophy after the 2016/17 win

2-0 up in the match, Barcelona did not push much in the second half but Paulinho tapped in the ball in the extra time to score his seventh goal in the league.

The speed of Barcelona's attack caught the visitors off guard, especially Sergi Gomez and Fontas.

Barcelona welcomed Coutinho to Camp Nou through a video on social media where they revealed his Barcelona shirt in the locker room setup.

The Argentine then set up Alba to slide home a goal, Luis Suarez scored from Pione Sisto's poor back-pass and Ivan Rakitic headed a late fifth.

Wissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella's team.

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