Barcelona player ratings: Messi & Alba rip through Celta in Copa

Messi and Alba both scored in a brilliant opening 45 minutes

Suarez and Rakitic were also on target in the 5-0 win at Camp Nou

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Barcelona eased into the Copa del Rey quarterfinal with a crushing 5-0 win against Celta Vigo on Thursday, 6-1 on aggregate. Lionel Messi (2), Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic got the goals. Here are the player ratings. 

Jasper Cillessen (6): Had little to do but was good with his feet. 

Nelson Semedo (7): Another lively showing from the right-back, who looks at his best in games when Barcelona are on form and attacking freely. 

Gerard Pique (6): As easy an evening as he will have. Spent the first half watching his side attack — joining in when he could — and was taken off at the break, given a rest. 

Javier Mascherano (7): Quickly left the pitch at the end of what could be his final game at Camp Nou before a move to China. Before then, he’d produced another typically solid display. 

Jordi Alba (9): The king of the left wing. Another virtuoso display from the full-back, who’s having the season of his life. Set up the first two goals for Messi and then scored the third himself. 

Sergio Busquets (7): Read the game well, kept things ticking and hardly seemed to even break sweat. 

Ivan Rakitic (8): The Croatian was good. An energetic performance, plenty of good passing and a goal to boot, an unmarked header from a Dembele performance. 

Andre Gomes (7): Thrown in by Valverde as an example that he will get minutes if he remains at Barça. Did well. 

Andres Iniesta (7): Created one great chance for Messi and came close to scoring himself, denied by Sergio Alvarez. Taken off after an hour with Real Sociedad in mind. 

Lionel Messi (9): Two goals and an assist in a brilliant first half performance. Unable to score another hat-trick, though, as he was taken off with just 10 minutes gone in the second half with Barça in complete control. 

Luis Suarez (8): On target again but was offside far too often, which remains a theme despite his return to form. His goal was very well taken, though, after a mistake by Pione Sisto. Almost scored another with a great effort from 40 yards and worked incredibly hard. 


Thomas Vermaelen (7): One brilliant tackle to stop Maxi Gomez showed the sort of form he’s in at the moment and the confidence he’s gained by playing regularly.  

Ousmane Dembele (7): Excited with his pace, created chances and had one shot blocked. Question marks over his decision making but the home supporters came alive every time he touched the ball. 

Jose Arnaiz (6): Unable to add to his Copa tally of goals in a quiet performance off the bench. 


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