— AS English (@English_AS) January 27, 2017
Barça sprinted into the last four as Lionel Messi continued his remarkable form by scoring one goal and playing a role in the other four as Barcelona routed Real Sociedad 5-2 on Thursday to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals for the seventh straight season.
Denis Suarez struck twice, with Luis Suarez and Arda Turan also scoring at Camp Nou, as the two-time defending champion easily advanced 6-2 on aggregate.
Barcelona won the first leg 1-0 to end a 10-year winless streak at Sociedad’s Anoeta Stadium.
Messi scored his sixth goal in seven games this year by converting a 55th-minute penalty kick. He helped set up Denis Suarez’s opening goal in the 17th and Luis Suarez’s goal in the 63rd, and also started the plays that led to Turan’s goal in the 80th and Denis Suarez’s second goal almost immediately afterward.
“Everybody knows how good Messi is as a passer,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “The players up front just need to get in position and he will find them.”
Lionel Messi this season:
– Games: 26 👊
– Goals: 29 ⚽️
– Assists: 7 🎯
Unstoppable form 😎🔥 pic.twitter.com/NkzJkAFQ6I
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 27, 2017
Messi has netted 10 goals in his last 10 games with Barcelona, and 15 goals in the last 15 matches. He already has 29 goals in 27 games this season.
The Argentina playmaker calmly converted the penalty kick with a low, left-footed shot into the right corner after Neymar was fouled inside the area.
Real Sociedad later scored through Juanmi Jimenez in the 62nd and Willian Jose in the 73rd.
Barcelona will play in the semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, failing to make it to the last four in 2009-10.
The Catalan club reached the Copa final in six of the last eight seasons – including the last three in a row – and won four of those finals.
Real Sociedad’s solo Copa title was in 1987.
Jose Maria Giminez and Juanfran netted for Atleti in a 2-2 draw at Eibar after the 3-0 first leg win at the Calderon and the first leg of the semi-final will also be held in Madrid on the 1st of February and the second leg at the Camp Nou on the 8th.
— AS English (@English_AS) January 25, 2017
Celta Vigo will host Alaves on the 2nd of February and the return fixture (8th) will be sure to be a special night in Alaves’ history and a fitting reward for their incredible feat of beating Alorcon 2-0 on aggregate to reach the final four in Spain.