Messi inspires rout as Barcelona book quarter-final spot

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Cross city rivals Espanyol won 2-0 away at Levante in their second leg to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg and they will relish the prospect of a local derby with the Camp Nou side.

On 13 minutes, the No. 10 had Barcelona in front after he converted a cutback from Alba on the half-volley.

Alba, who set up both of Messi's goals, got on the scoresheet in the 28th minute as Messi repaid the favour to put the win beyond doubt.

Newly acquired Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho took in the game from the bench and flashed a smile after several of Messi's plays. And once again, it was that linkup with Alba that Celta were unable to stem.

The roles were reversed six minutes later as Messi picked out Alba with a superb diagonal pass and the left-back produced a fine finish on the slide.

Celta's heads were spinning, and it was no surprise to see errors creeping into their game.

Suarez soon got in on the act as he capitalised on a terrible mistake by Pione Sisto, who attempted to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper.

There will also be a Catalan derby in the last eight with Barcelona being drawn against Espanyol. It also meant manager Ernesto Valverde was able to rest players ahead of the weekend's meeting with Real Sociedad.

Luis Suarez made it 4-0 before halftime, while Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele before the hour mark. Messi tucked the ball into the bottom-right corner of the net from 14 yards out after playing a one-two with Alba to get inside the box.

Dembele's issue is of particular concern with the summer signing having just recovered from a serious hamstring injury which kept him on the sidelines for three-and-a-half months.

Suarez nearly capped the win with a spectacular chip from 40 yards, with the ball just sailing wide of the left-hand post, but Rakitic added gloss to the scoreline three minutes from time with a firm header from Dembele's corner. And if Messi continues to perform to such high standards, it's hard to see any side halting the Blaugrana in any competition.

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