Lionel Messi stars as Barcelona thrash Celta Vigo in the cup

Celta Vigo Messimerised

Alba's cross from the left was missed by Suarez, allowing Messi to send a fine half-volley into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area, despite Sergio's best efforts.

Messi netted twice in two minutes inside the opening quarter of an hour, steering home from two Alba crosses, before he returned the favour with a sumptuous pass that allowed the full-back to score his second goal of the season. They played well even though we had enough chances to win the game. "He's been here for 12 years playing at a spectacular level and this year he's been even more incredible".

Valverde is expected to name a stronger line-up this time with Messi, Suarez and Iniesta returning to his squad after the trio played during the weekend's 3-0 victory over Levante in La Liga.

It's a relationship which has only really blossomed in the last six months, with Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain allowing Alba much more space on the left.

The last six meetings in all competitions have seen two wins for either side, as well as two draws, with those six matches producing 30 goals, and there is little to make us think that Thursday's game will be any different; with the tie in the balance, both sides will go for it.

Trump To Announce "Corrupt Media Awards" Next Week
And most recently, Trump congratulated the new publisher of "The Failing New York Times " and offered a bit of unsolicited advice. U.S. president Donald Trump has had a complicated relationship with American media in his almost one year of presidency.

Valverde said: "We are going to wait, people appreciate him a lot for the time he has been here".

"It's incredible how [Messi] reads the game, especially for me", Alba added.

Ivan Rakitic headed the fifth goal late in the game to round off the five-star performance of Ernesto Varvelde's side.

Thursday's qualifiers join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Leganes, Alaves and Valencia who already sealed their qualification on Tuesday and Wednesday night. "But I shouldn't say that because it will mean we'll draw them!"

Related News:

  • 'Christmas pot' couple arrested again on I-80

    'Christmas pot' couple arrested again on I-80

    The sheriff's deputy wrote that an unspecified "reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot". The sheriff's department says the Jiron's were also driving the same Toyota pickup involved in their previous bust.
    Sensex, Nifty End in Green After Falling Following SC Judges Press Conference

    Sensex, Nifty End in Green After Falling Following SC Judges Press Conference

    At 3:30 pm: The Indian equity indices gained lost ground after falling following the Supreme Court judges press conference. Notable losers were TCS 1.27 per cent, Bharti Airtel 0.82 per cent and Wipro 0.45 per cent.
    Lalu verdict: HC stays contempt notice against Congress leader Manish Tiwari

    Lalu verdict: HC stays contempt notice against Congress leader Manish Tiwari

    IMAGE: RJD chief Lalu Yadav escorted by police officials after appearing at the special CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday. Then, the court said that that is why it has recommended their names for Open Jail in Hazaribagh.
  • Will These Stocks Remain Hot? NiSource Inc. (NI), Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ)

    Will These Stocks Remain Hot? NiSource Inc. (NI), Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ)

    Susquehanna Bancshares set a $207.00 target price on Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ ) in a research report released on Sunday. Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 5 insider sales for $24.74 million activity. (NYSE: STZ ) are $221.43 and $207.01.
    Spark Therapeutics' gene therapy for a rare blindness gets $850K price tag

    Spark Therapeutics' gene therapy for a rare blindness gets $850K price tag

    That idea would apply to government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, which provide health coverage to the poor and elderly. Glybera, a gene therapy for a rare protein disorder, was launched in 2012 with a price tag of US$1.2millio.
    Trump threatens to cut USA  aid to Palestine

    Trump threatens to cut USA aid to Palestine

    Early Tuesday, the Israeli parliament voted to make it more hard for both sides to negotiate Jerusalem in any peace negotiations. On Monday, Trump criticized another country - Pakistan - for what he called "lies and deceit" and threatened to cut off aid.
  • Lou Williams Drops A 50 Piece As Clippers Down Golden State

    According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Warriors are 12-point home favorites to knock off the Clippers , who opened as a 16.5-point underdog.
    Sushma Swaraj to Begin 5-day Visit To ASEAN Countries

    Sushma Swaraj to Begin 5-day Visit To ASEAN Countries

    Seeking to promote Hindi raises an important question. "The question is what objective is being served by this". The statement did not go well with several members of the treasury benches who raised the pitch in protest.
    United Kingdom  eyes Pacific free trade group

    United Kingdom eyes Pacific free trade group

    Britain can not sign any trade agreements until after it has left the European Union , expected around March 2019. He said: "It is not the main event and at the moment the government is making a hash of that".
  • Rob Lowe slams Bella Thorne for being 'inconvenienced' by Montecito mudslides

    Rob Lowe slams Bella Thorne for being 'inconvenienced' by Montecito mudslides

    Noting that she "had no idea why the 101 was shut down", she told followers to "get home to your family safe". Bella Thorne has been publicly reprimanded by an unexpected acting-world colleague: Rob Lowe .

    Transocean (RIG) Given a $11.00 Price Target at Piper Jaffray Companies

    According to the Analysts, the Low Estimate Earnings of the current Quarter is $-2.79 whereas, High Estimate is $-1.2. Midas Management Corp bought 63,000 shares as the company's stock declined 20.06% while stock markets rallied.
    Saudi Arabia claims to intercept Houthi-fired missile

    Saudi Arabia claims to intercept Houthi-fired missile

    The Saudi Air Defense Forces on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militias over Najran. Last Friday, social networking sites shared a number of pictures of an intercepted Houthi missile in the Najran area.


Most liked

'Black Jesus' procession draws 380000 in Manila
Dom Ramos, SVD as officiating priest. "I will be the hermano mayor again for the feast of the Black of Nazarene", Estrada said. The official also said that Estrada suspended work at the city hall except the department directly involved in the event.

Kelley Sells 35604 Shares of Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) Stock
MPC holds price to earnings ratio of 21.97 that presents much better indication for a stock's value than the market price alone. Among 33 analysts covering Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO ), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 18 Hold.

TCS reports larger digital contracts, traction in Europe boosting growth
The company saw a 0.2 per cent decline in its attrition rate at 11 per cent and added about 1,600 employees during the quarter. TCS is ramping up its digital investments and has signed its first $50-million deal this quarter.

HTC U11 EYEs Specs, Renders Leaked Before January 15 Unveil
Besides, there is also onboard the superb aspect ratio of 18:9 while it rocks the all-new Super LCD-5 display panel. It should be noted that One M8 was HTC's one and only dual camera smartphone and it was launched back in 2014.

Delta is rallying after reporting solid earnings
It also upped Amazon Com Inc (Put) (NASDAQ:AMZN) stake by 51,900 shares and now owns 62,500 shares. (NYSE:V) for 106,052 shares. Coe Management Limited Liability Corp has invested 1.85% in Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:V). 116,642 are held by Neville Rodie And Shaw.

Quique Sanchez Flores quiet on Stoke City job offer
I think, unless he's changed his mind in the last hour or two, that he is going to say he is leaving, he's going to Stoke . But there is even a suggestion in Spain that he could still be with Espanyol's for Sunday's game against Athletic Bilbao.

Pokken Tournament DX Battle Pack Brings New Fighters Starting This Month
Are you excited about the new characters? You can pre-purchase the DLC right now - the content will download on the above dates. Aegislash and Blastoise will be full fighters, while Mega Rayquaza, Mimikyu, Mew and Celebi will be Assist Pokémon .

Republican Renacci quits governor race to run for Senate
Renacci leaves the Republican race for governor to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and will announce his candidacy on Thursday.

United States looks at long term military ties with India: Kenneth Juster
The defence and security relationship, he said, was underpinned by cooperation in counter-terrorism and on strategic convergences. He pointed out that India's constant growth means that its energy needs are going to be substantial in the near future.

Zimbabwe`s former president Robert Mugabe ousted by `military coup`: Ex-minister
The activists have asked Zimbabwe's High Court to compel Mnangagwa's government to release the findings of a commission of inquiry on the massacres.

Turkey demands answers over U.S. training of Kurds
While Russian-backed forces go for Abu al-Duhur, Turkish-supported ones may try to take Afrin and Manbij. In other words, the perpetrators of the drone attacks were not local rebels under Turkey's supervision.

Mass burial for New Year's attack victims
We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law. Plateau state governor, Samson Lalong had faulted the anti-grazing law, saying he warned Ortom against it.

Recent Institutional Activity: The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW), CVS Health Corporation (CVS)
BidaskClub downgraded shares of Charles Schwab from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Truepoint Inc decreased its stake in Cintas Corp (CTAS) by 83.95% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC.

Paul Dunne ready to perform in potential Ryder Cup audition
Beside Fung, also in the team is compatriot and recently crowned 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit, Gavin Kyle Green. So, those 12 players in that room are very well aware that they have to go out and play golf this week.

French league suspends goalline technology after cup errors
The LFP said it will announce next week "follow-up action to be taken in relation to this dossier". The goal line is also used in assisting the referee in awarding a goal or not.