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Copa del Rey
January 29, 2014
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 25551
Adriano Correia 28'
A. Sánchez 50', 52'
Barcelona win Aggregate 9 - 2
Sergi Roberto 9' (own goal)
Thanks for joining me tonight. Be sure to stick around for all of the post-match reaction!
Full-time at Camp Nou! Just like in the first leg, Levante took the lead. But just like in the first leg, Barcelona responded by thrashing them. This time it was 5-1 to win 9-2 on aggregate!
One minute of (pointless) stoppage-time.
Tello tries to loop in from outside the box but his ambitious effort is skewed wide.
This game has died a bit of a death, to be honest. I can't imagine too many of you are surprised! The Catalans are sitting back and passing it between them. Levante have lost all interest in using energy to chase Barca's shadows.
Montoya's been pretty impressive tonight, bombing forwards with aplomb whenever he can. Then again, Levante have been totally toothless, fortunate early goal aside.
Afellay dribbles on goal, turns on to his right foot and lashes on target...but it's straight at Javi Jimenez, who holds on to the strike this time.
Alexis Sanchez is the man to make way for Mascherano, though I assume he won't be lumped up front. Sadly.
The atmosphere's died and Barca have returned to cruise control. Javier Mascherano's being prepared on the sidelines. Here's to hoping Martino has a sense of humour and sends him on up front...
There's no chance of Messi being risked in this weather, especially with this scoreline. He does have one more sub he can make though.
Fabregas off for Afellay. That goal was his final moment of the match. The former Arsenal man has been amazing tonight, in my opinion. He's been pulling the strings from attack in the first half and from midfield in the second.
BARCELONA GOAL!! Cesc Fabregas makes it five for the night for Martino's men. He turned on to his left foot inside the box and curled it inside the near post. His 12th goal of the season!
Good news for Barca fans as Ibrahim Afellay prepares to come on for Barca. Great to see him back fit again after a very lengthy absence out.
Cesc Fabregas just pulled out the bag the most gorgeous long ball for Pedro, but the Spain forward fails to score from it. Pedro's taken Cesc's role in attack, by the way, since Iniesta came off the field of play at the halfway point.
Two thirds of the match gone and this game is pretty much going according to the script. Barring divine intervention, Barca are going through to the Copa del rey semi-finals.
LEVANTE CHANCE SKIED!! Pedro Rios has a free shot on goal from 10 yards but chinks it over the woodwork. Awful shooting from the Levante man. They could have made the scoreline look more respectable at least with that.
Bartra tries an outrageous overhead kick! He doesn't make full contact though and Levante kind of clear. I say 'kind of' because it's surely going to be constant defending for them for the rest of the match.
Yellow CardIssam El Adoua
Levante have well and truly thrown the towel in. There's little point to these last 40 minutes, let's be honest. We could be in for a steamrolling, though, so don't go anywhere.
ALEXIS GOAL AGAIN!! And it's another tap-in!! He reacts quickest once again after Adriano's shot took a deflection off the bar and Jimenez couldn't scrabble himself off the ball in time to beat Alexis to the loose ball. Barca 4-1 Levante on the night and 8-2 overall now.
GOAL!! dear, oh dear. Jimenez lets slip Martin Montoya's shot from an acute angle and Alexis Sanchez taps in what must be the easiest goal of the season so far for him. Barca 3-1 up and any slim, slender hope Levante might have had will be gone, gone, gone.
Sergi Roberto had burst into the last third with a Barca counterattack-of-sorts, but the referee blows his whistle for handball. Bit harsh, really.
Iniesta - who was fairly quiet tonight - made way for Pedro at half-time. Pedro's first impact on the game is to fail to keep in a long ball hauled over his head towards the right flank.
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Barca get the game back underway at Camp Nou! Hands up those who think Levante still have a chance? Anyone? Anyone at all?
Half-time between Barcelona and Levante and, after that early shock, order has been restored. Adriano and Puyol cancelled out Roberto's own goal and it would be a shock of mammoth proportions if the visitors clawed their way back into the clash.
One minute of stoppage-time to be played at Camp Nou.
GOAL!! Barcelona captain Carles Puyol bags his first goal of the season with a terrific header from a pinpoint Barca corner. No way back for Levante now, surely. They need to score five goals tonight to go through!
Another minute, another yellow card. Iniesta stops his tricky dribbling and holds his arms aloft after Levante youngster Victor Camarasa pulled him back repeatedly. The Barca midfielder gets the justice he wanted doled out.
Yellow CardAlex Song
The boos ring around Camp Nou after Alex Song barges down Nong. Unsurprising that Barca fans aren't too chuffed with the referee's decision, but he definitely deserved that booking for that cynical foul.
Gerardo Martino won't be too displeased with how his charges have played so far. With 10 minutes to go until half-time, his side are back in control after that earlier blip.
Pinto's been taken off with a muscular thigh injury for Aloys Nong. Not at all a like-for-like substitute, as Nong's a forward compared to Pinto's midfield prowess. Interesting...
Sergio da Silva Pinto
Not a whole lot changes for Levante, by the way. They still need to score four goals tonight, though now the game will go into extra-time if they do so. Which, let's be honest, is very unlikely.
The Levante goalkeeper should probably have got his fingertips on Adriano's curler, but the pouring rain won't have helped Jimenez's eyesight and grip on the ground.
BARCELONA LEVEL THE SCORING!! It's a gorgeous finish from Adriano, who takes a touch from Fabregas' lay-off then curls it in from 25 yards past Jimenez. Barcelona 1-1 Levante on the night, and it's 5-2 to the Catalans over two legs!
Yellow CardSergio da Silva Pinto
Pinto gets a yellow card for sliding in on Iniesta 45 yards from goal. Two poor tackles in quick succession have earned that booking.
Tello embarrasses himself a little bit by hoofing the 22-yard free kick way over the crossbar. Iniesta, by his side, tilts his head to the side and is probably raising his eyebrow with a look of disappointment.
Iniesta, sitting deep, gives the ball off to Fabregas who draws a silly foul from Pinto, who sticks his leg out which the Barca attacker falls over without hesistation.
Joaquin Caparros' men have just had a foray forward, but they could not test Pinto. Good to see it's not just relentless Barca wave after wave though. Sitting back after scoring just the one in a second leg they're chasing would be pointless.
Levante haven't had a sniff since their goal as Barca have pressed constantly in search of the equaliser. The visitors still need at least three more goals to qualify for the semi-finals though...
Barca earn a corner after mugging off Juanfran numerous times inside the box with intricate passes and dummies. Nothing comes from it, though.
Some lovely passing from Barca in Levante's half, but no end product as of yet. Considering Barca have not lost on home turf since their humiliation to Bayern Munich last season, it would be a shock not to see them find a goal eventually.
Fabregas hits hard on goal but El Adoua blocks with his leg before Jimenez is forced into a save.
Yellow CardSergi Roberto
Roberto's not having the greatest of games right now. He's got an own goal and now a booking to go with it!
Fascinating start at Camp Nou, then. Vyntra's header, by the way, was going nearer to the corner flag to the goal before it bounced off Roberto's back and trickled in. So definitely an own goal.
Own GoalSergi Roberto
The atrocious weather goes some way to explaining why there's barely anybody inside Camp Nou, I suppose. It's lashing it down in Barcelona.
Adriano's got down looking in a fair bit of pain and he's lying down behind the goal getting some medical attention as the game continues onwards.
A Levante mistake - Issam El Adoua the guilty culprit - allows Cristian Tello through on goal, but goalkeeper Javi Jimenez uses his body to block well.
Sergi Roberto lofts a too-long ball over the top of Cesc Fabregas' head and it's a Levante goal kick. There aren't many people inside the Barca stadium, but they're making a fair bit of noise regardless.
Les Granotes get the game underway at a sparsely full Camp Nou!
I'm not outright dismissing Levante's chances tonight but...it's going to take a shock of monumental proportions to make the last four. They were beaten 4-1 on home turf in the first leg, Camp Nou isn't going to be any easier. Tonight's visitors did take the lead over Barca last week, though, so who knows.
Who's qualified for the Copa del Rey semi-finals so far? Atletico Madrid have just now beaten Athletic Bilbao to reach the last four, where they will face Real Madrid. Barca's opponents will be either Real Sociedad or Racing Santander in the next round should they go through.
Yep, the eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that there's no Lionel Messi in the starting Barca line-up. He's on the bench, while unfit players Xavi, Dani Alves and Sergio Busquets will watch from the stands.
LEVANTE: Javi, Vyntra, Angel, Ruben, Juanfran, Nikos, El Adoua, Sergio, A J Rios, Nagore, Camarasa.
BARCELONA: Pinto; Montoya, Puyol, Bartra, Adriano; Song, S Roberto, Iniesta; Alexis, Fabregas, Tello.
Let's have a look at the line-ups, shall we? There's one person in particular missing...
Welcome to Goal's LIVE coverage of Barcelona's second-leg Copa del Rey quarter-final at home to Levante! I'm Miles Chambers - join me as I build up to the game then cover every minute of the match.
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