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FULL TIME! Barcelona head into the next round of the Copa del Rey, after a comfortable 6-1 aggregate win over Segunda B outfit Villanovense. Sandro slotted home a hat-trick, after Alves opened the scoring, with Munir also bagging a brace. Juanfran provided the only response from the visitors, who bow out after a good beating. That's all that we have time for from Camp Nou, we hope to see you again next time.
Another half chance for the hosts! A cross is flashed across the face of goal from the right-hand side, but Munir is unable to make goalscoring contact! We're into one minute of stoppage time.
Villanovense win themselves a free kick around 25 yards from goal, but a long-range shot is gathered up easily by Masip. That's the only stop that the Barca goalkeeper has had to make in the second half.
Munir tries to press and harry Tapia, but the Barca goalscorer is penalised for a blatant shove in the back of the opposition left-back. The away side respond with a long ball forward of their own, but Masip is able to control it and hoof a clearance upfield without coming under too much pressure.
Five minutes stand between the Blaugrana and progression into the next round of this competition. Villanovense penetrate down the right-hand side, before a cross from Trinidad is headed away by Bartra! The visitors just can't seen to be clinical with their limited opportunities, which is costly against top quality opposition.
Munir is released down the right-hand side by a sweeping pass from Mascherano, before the Spanish forward juggles the ball over Tapia with consummate ease. Barca are sauntering to the finish line, with their place in the next round of the Copa del Rey now booked.
Villanovense hold onto possession for a few lengthy spells, with Barca fairly happy to take a back seat and hold their shape. A speculative diagonal ball tries to find an overlapping run on the right flank, but it is cut out easily. Mascherano is sat in at centre-back for the hosts at the moment.
There's just over 10 minutes left on the clock at Camp Nou, with Barcelona having a commanding five-goal lead. Mathieu comes off the field to receive a spot of treatment, with play continuing without the French defender.
Juanfran receives a standing ovation from his travelling supporters, with Casi coming into the game for the dying minutes.
GOOOOOOOOOAL! MUNIR GRABS HIS SECOND! Sandro is fed possession in the opposition penalty area and pulls Fuentes off his line, before releasing his teammate with a neat backheel! All that is left for the Spaniard to do is slot a low finish into an unguarded net! That makes it 6-1!
Barcelona break down the right-hand side, but Cubi slides in to deny Munir! The visitors try to counter themselves, but are instead forced back to their own goalkeeper. Villanovense just don't have the quality in midfield to set up regular breaks upfield.
The away side win themselves a free kick on the right-hand side, but a cross from Tapia is gathered up with ease by Masip. The hosts' goalkeeper just hasn't had to make any difficult saves this evening. With less than 20 minutes remaining, Villanovense might throw caution to the wind.
Bartra goes gallivanting forward into the opposition penalty area, before being met by an overzealous challenge from Fuentes! The Villanovense goalkeeper appeared to make illegal contact with the Barca defender, but the referee isn't interested in giving a penalty at all!
GOOOOOOOOOAL! THAT'S HIS HAT TRICK! Sandro slams home a close-range finish, after a failed half clearance from Trinidad! That's his third of the night and he will be taking home the match ball. Cruise control for Barcelona.
The visitors break down the right-hand side, with Juanfran picked out deep in the opposition penalty area! The goalscorer leaps for a header, but can only turn a close-range attempt wide of the target! Almost a chance for the striker to double his tally in a rather famous location.
Curro Sanchez comes into the game to freshen up the midfield, with a few tired legs clear to see out on the Camp Nou turf.
We're into the final half an hour in Catalonia, with Villanovense still weathering the storm! Bartra is picked out by a swirling set-piece delivery from Adriano, but is penalised for fouling Fuentes. The Spain international lands awkwardly on his back in the process, but is okay to dust himself down and continue.
Vermaelen is picked out making a run into the penalty area from the left-hand side, by Gumbau, but the Belgian defender can only send a low drive wide of the near upright! All of the chances are still falling to Barcelona, with the visitors unable to muster up a resurgence.
Sandro asks for a penalty, but the referee isn't interested! The Spaniard scampers into the box and bypasses two challenges, before appearing to be tripped! Villanovense clear their lines without incident, however, with the official choosing not to get involved.
Jairo takes a seat on the bench, with Pablo Moraga thrown into the fray at Camp Nou for the final half an hour.
Over the bar from Adriano! The Brazilian full-back drifts in from the right, after being picked out by a brilliant diagonal pass! The former Sevilla man can only lean back and place a terrible effort high of the target, however, from merely eight yards out!
Barca have full control in the second half, despite only 10 minutes having been played of it. The home fans are now making plenty of noise, with Enrique having the potential to still put some interesting first-team options into the fray from the bench. Damage limitation time for Villanovense.
Over the bar from Munir! The Spain international is picked out at the back post, after a good cross in from the left by Mathieu! The Barca goalscorer can only send a looping attempt just over the crossbar! Moments later, the same man forces Fuentes into a save low down to his left!
GOOOOOOOOOAL! BARCA MAKE IT 4-1! Munir steers a close-range header into the bottom corner, to extend the hosts' lead even further! After a quiet start to the second half, the Catalan club have a foothold to build upon.
Barcelona are starting the second half in composed fashion, with the Blaugrana not to be rushed in possession. Gumbau lines up a shot from around 30 yards out, but the substitute can only send a swerving effort considerably wide of the far upright! Nothing for either goalkeeper to do as yet.
With Gumbau coming into the game, it appears that Adriano is reverting to play at full-back. A cross is flighted in from the right-hand side by the ex-Sevilla defender, but the ball bounces off the slick turf and rolls out of play for a goal kick.
Gumbau comes into the contest at the break, with opening goalscorer Alves taking his leave.
We are back underway in the second half at Camp Nou! Barca have a two-goal advantage to protect, as well as a star-studded bench to delve into if required. Villanovense will need a miracle to turn this game around.
HALF TIME! The referee doesn't allow for any stoppage time, calling an end to the first half immediately. Barcelona have a comfortable 3-1 lead, courtesy of goals from Alves and Sandro. Juanfran replied with a lovely finish from range, but the La Liga outfit have far outclassed their opponents this evening in the Copa del Rey.
Mascherano throws himself into an attempted sliding tackle, with the Argentine midfielder taking the ankles of his man.
Only a few minutes remain in the first period, with Barcelona continuing to retain possession and ask all of the questions. Villanovense launch a late break, with Elias picked out on the periphery of the penalty area, but the visiting captain can only leather a poorly weighted effort over the bar!
The referee brandishes another card, with Elias penalised for a very cynical tackle that stops Aitor from leading a dangerous Blaugrana break.
Juanfran is fed into the penalty area, with the away side's goalscorer robbed of possession as he looked to shoot! The resulting corner is whipped in towards the near upright, but Barcelona protect Masip well. The Blaugrana release Aitor on the break, but Elias stops the youngster in his tracks.
Barca are happy to slow the tempo down and force Villanovense to do some chasing. Alves is released down the right flank, before angling in a dangerous cross, but Trinidad knocks a defensive header beyind for a corner. The Brazil international takes it, but the away outfit are able to lash a first-time clearance away.
Almost a fourth for the home side! Munir manages to turn smartly in the penalty area, with Adriano attempting to break beyond his teammate and collect the scraps! Fuentes is quick off his line to smother the loose ball ahead of both Barca players.
Villanovense manage to break down the left-hand side, but Mascherano is present to track back, defuse the danger and then feed a low pass back to Masip. Only 10 minutes are left on the clock in the first half, with Barcelona showing no signs of letting up and sitting on their lead.
Tonight's task has just been made even more difficult for the visiting defender, who has a caution to his name before the interval.
Just over from Bartra! The central defender sees a close-range header dip over the crossbar, with the aid of a slight deflection. The resulting corner is whipped into a dangerous area, but the same Barca player can only drift inside from the left and see a shot charged down!
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! BARCA LEAD 3-1! Aitor manages to slide a neat pass in behind enemy lines, with Sandro onto the ball in a flash! The Spaniard stabs a low finish underneath Fuentes to ensure that the hosts' previous two-goal cushion is restored.
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! WHAT A STRIKE FROM JUANFRAN! The Villanovense forward takes a touch out of his feet, before lashing a right-footed effort across goal and beyond the dive of Masip! From the best part of 25 yards, the Spaniard curls a wonderful finish into the top corner to give the away outfit some encouragement!
Mathieu is found making tracks down the left-hand side, before guiding a near-post cross in towards the rapidly advancing Vermaelen! The ex-Arsenal central defender can only slam a terrible volleyed effort high and wide of the target from 10 yards out!
Alves is found on the right-hand side, with the Brazilian only able to get the ball moving out to the opposite flank. Adriano zips possession to Mathieu, who hangs up a back-post cross, but Sandro can't make goalscoring contact! The rebound falls to the ex-Sevilla right-back, whose acrobatic first-time strike is caught easily by Fuentes.
Villanovense threaten twice in quick succession on the break, but Vermaelen and Masip defuse the danger on both occasions. The visitors just can't seem to get the time in midfield required to craft any kind of threatening move. Barca are comfortable in possession and are two goals to the good despite not playing particularly well.
GOOOOOOOOAL! 2-0 TO BARCA! Fuentes is at fault again, with the Villanovense goalkeeper gifting the ball away to Sandro! The academy graduate curls a wonderful finish into the top right-hand corner and doubles the hosts' advantage!
Wide from Munir! Once again, the Barca forward tries his luck from 25 yards out, after intercepting a loose pass. After spotting Fuentes off his line, the best that the Spain international can do is clip an ambitious lob over the goalkeeper and beyond the far upright!
Adriano manages to feed the ball to Munir on the periphery of the area, but the latter sees an ambitious shot charged down easily. Moments later, Alves is released down the right, before clipping a good cross into the box, but Sandro can only guide a tame header within the reach of a diving Fuentes!
Bartra is on hand to make a good interception, after a speculative long ball forward from the visitors. Villanovense are continuing with two strikers up top, but neither are getting much in the way of service at the moment. Vermaelen and the aforementioned Spanish defender have had a simple opening quarter of an hour.
Munir is fed possession on the edge of the box, but the young forward is penalised for an obvious foul after letting his man get the wrong side of him. Villanovense are struggling to spend any time outside of their own half, with Barca setting up their siege equipment on the half-way line.
Barca have another half chance, with Sandro fed in behind enemy lines, but Tapia tracks his runner to ensure that the most the Spaniard can give away is a goal kick. Moments later, Mathieu is the subject of a diagonal ball out to the left-hand side, but the ex-Valencia defender can't stretch to keep the pass in play.
Just wide from Samper! The diminutive midfielder takes aim from the edge of the penalty area, in the aftermath of yet another Barca corner. The young Spaniard can only send a dipping effort a few yards wide of the top-right corner, with Fuentes having his angles easily covered.
Barcelona are retaining possession well, patiently pushing and probing their way upfield. Villanovense are trying to counter at pace after preying on mistakes from the La Liga outfit, but their personnel are so deep upon winning the ball back that it's tough for them to gallivant into the opposition half and support the break.
Munir is fed into the visitors' penalty area, but Fuentes races off his line to deny the Spain international. The away side then break up the other end, but a delivery in from the left flank flashes across the face of goal and out of harm's way. Enrique's men have started this contest how they would have wished to.
GOOOOOOOOOAL! ALVES OPENS THE SCORING FOR BARCA! The former Sevilla right-back takes aim from 30 yards out, sending a dipping and powerful effort goalwards! Fuentes manages to get his top hand to the ball, but the Villanovense goalkeeper can only palm the attempt into his own net! Should have done better!
Munir is picked out on the edge of the penalty area, with the Spanish forward seeing a 20-yard effort deflected behind for a corner! The hosts whip in the resulting set-piece delivery, but Fuentes punches the danger easily clear at his near post.
We are underway in the first half! The hosts are in their customary home kit, with Villanovense donning green. In front of a fairly well-populated Camp Nou, Enrique's men will need to put in a convincing performance against lower-league opposition.
Villanovense substitutes: Alvaro Peral, Pingu, Casi, Pablo Moraga, Curro Sanchez.
Villanovense starting line-up (4-4-2): Fuentes; Trinidad, Tapia, Cubi, Super; Pajuelo, Anxo, Elias, Juanjo; Jairo, Juanfran.
Barcelona substitutes: Iniesta, Suarez, Neymar, Bravo, Gumbau.
Barcelona starting line-up (4-3-3): Masip; Alves, Bartra, Vermaelen, Bartra, Mathieu; Samper, Mascherano, Adriano; Sandro, Aitor, Munir.
TEAM NEWS: There are some different faces involved for Villanovense this evening, with Julio Cobos making some alterations from the team which scraped a draw against the La Liga holders last time out. Super comes into the line-up, with Curro Sanchez, Pingu, Casi and Pablo Moraga dropping out. Jairo Cabellero gets a start going forward.
TEAM NEWS: Jordi Masip plays in between the sticks once again, with Javier Mascherano taking the captain's armband for tonight's game. The likes of Adriano, Munir, Sandro Ramirez and Sergi Samper get a run-out, with previous cup substitute Aitor getting a start. The likes of Neymar and Luis Suarez lie in wait on the bench for Barca if required.
Villanovense have lost their last five consecutive fixtures, with their last favourable result coming in the opening tie against tonight's opponents. Currently, the third-tier outfit sit in 17th place in the Segunda B, just inside the relegation zone. For Barca, meanwhile, fortunes are rather different. The Blaugrana are unbeaten in their last 10 matches and have scored a cumulative 20 goals in their last five clashes.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Villanovense's difficult cup trip to Catalonia, in order to face Barcelona at Camp Nou. The home side could only scrape their way to a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg of this Copa del Rey fixture, despite fielding a number of very reputable names, leaving Luis Enrique's men with the task of closing out their progression into the next round tonight. We could be in for a giant killing this evening!