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Barca through to quarter-finals

sports Updated: Jan 12, 2013 01:26 IST

Barcelona had few problems in booking their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey football. Following a 2-0 first leg win away to Cordoba, the reigning Cup holders were always favourites to progress to the next round. And in front of their own fans, they didn't disappoint, Xinhua reports.

Although Lionel Messi was on the bench and coach Tito Vilanova in New York seeking a second opinion on his cancer treatment, the side led by Vilanova's assistant Jordi Roura made short work of Cordoba on Thursday night. David Villa scored two goals to lend weight to his argument for more minutes.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara also scored twice, and Alexis Sanchez will have done his confidence no harm with a goal that gave Barca a 7-0 aggregate win against the second division side.

The negative news was an apparent muscle injury suffered by Villa that forced him out of the game with 13 minutes remaining. Betis also qualified with Ruben Castro's 85th minute goal giving them a 1-0 win on the night and a 2-1 aggregate win against Las Palmas.