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Copa del Rey

  • January 10, 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
  • • Attendance: 37607

Barcelona win Aggregate 7 - 0

Barcelona - Cordoba Preview: Copa del Rey quarter-finals in sight for Catalans

Barcelona - Cordoba Preview: Copa del Rey quarter-finals in sight for Catalans

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The Blaugrana go into the game with a 2-0 cushion from the first leg between the two sides and will hope to finish off the job in front of home support at Camp Nou


Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa

Fernandez, Gaspar, Alberto, Fuentes
Pedro, Caballero, Dubarbier

After a week of incredible individual success, Barcelona will turn their collective attentions back to team pursuits when they take on Cordoba in the second-leg of their last 16, Copa del Rey clash on Thursday evening.

Lionel Messi was awarded a fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or on Monday, beating off competition from team-mate Andres Iniesta, while a host of Blaugrana colleagues were named in the FIFPro World XI.

All that, of course, will count for nothing when the Segunda Division outfit arrive at Camp Nou, but with the cushion of a 2-0 first leg already in hand - thanks to a double from the Argentine - the odds are firmly stacked in the home side's favour.

Tito Vilanova will not be present in the dug-out to guide his side into the quarter-finals, as he sees a specialist in New York over his illness, but a strong line-up could be selected as Barca look shrug off any lingering rustiness from a two-week winter break.

  • Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey 26 times. Their first success came back in 1928 and their last in 2012.
  • The Blaugrana beat Deportivo Alaves 6-1 on aggregate in the last round of the competition.
  • Messi (pictured, right) won a record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or on Monday and scored twice in the first leg clash against Cordoba.
  • Cordoba sit in 12th place in Segunda Division, 21 points behind leaders Elche.
  • Thursday's visitors go into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Mirandes on Sunday.
  • A 4-2 aggregate victory over Real Sociedad sealed the Andalusian club's clash against the Catalans.
  • The Blanquiverdes play their home football at the Nuevo Arcangel stadium, which has a capacity of 18,280.

Players to watch

David Villa

Position: Attacker

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The Spain striker has seen his first team opportunities limited since recovering from a broken leg, resulting in rumours of his departure from Camp Nou. But he should be handed the chance to impress against Cordoba and he will want to grab it with both hands.

V. Rennella

Position: Attacker

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Few would tip Cordoba to upset the odds and defeat Barcelona on Thursday, but in the 24-year-old they do have a player capable of finding the back of the net. The striker has scored five goals in 12 starts this season and the Blaugrana defence will have to be wary of his threat.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts have enjoyed a near-flawless season so far and that doesn't like like changing on Thursday night. With a 2-0 lead already in the bag, expect Barcelona to confirm their place in the quarter-finals with ease.

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