Copa Del Rey: Barcelona see off Villarreal in first leg


Barcelona took a big step towards the final of the Copa del Rey after winning their first leg with Villarreal 3-1 at Camp Nou this evening.

Goals from Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique were enough for the home side despite an equaliser from Manu Trigueros.

Barca broke down the stubborn Villarreal five minutes before the break when Luis Suarez profited on a mistake from Mateo Musacchio before feeding Messi around 12 yards out.

The visitors restored parity with an away goal two minutes into the second half when Trigueros hammered in a long-range effort that should have perhaps been held by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

However, Barca regained their advantage less than two minutes later when Iniesta combined with Suarez before poking home inside the area.

Pique then gave the home side the breathing space they craved when he headed in his fifth goal of the season from a corner after the hour mark.

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