Copa del Rey: Barcelona crush Real Murcia to advance
Copa Del Rey By: Ambrose Udeme | 29/11/2017
Barcelona's second string finished the job they started at third-tier Real Murcia in the Copa del Rey last 32 on Wednesday evening with a convincing 5-0 win at Camp Nou and progress to the round of 16 with an 8-0 aggregate score.Two first-half goals from Paco Alcacer and Gerard Pique set the Catalans into the tunnel at the break with a comfortable lead.Alex Vidal, Denis Suarez and Jose Amaiz all got on the scoresheet after the break to complete the rout and maintain their unbeaten start to the new season across all competition.Following a healthy 3-0 first-leg lead, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a mix of fringe and young players. Among the youngsters selected were Oriol Busquets and Alena, while the likes of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, midfielder Denis Suarez and winger Vidal who are first-team regulars but not starters made the line-up for Murcia.On the stroke of 15 minutes, Alcacer who also opened the scoring in the first leg—nodded Vidal’s cross into the net for a 1-0 lead, which Barca would take into the locker room at halftime.
After the break, in the 56th, Vidal served up his second assist of the evening, slipping a nice pass underneath to Piqué, who toed in for Barça’s second goal of the evening and its fifth of the two-game tie.But Vidal evidently wasn’t content to be merely the provider, and in the 60th