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Barcelona smash eight past minnows Huesca

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Barcelona sealed their passage through to the last 16 of the Copa Del Rey with an emphatic 8-1 victory over minnows Huesca at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants, who lost in the final to fierce rivals Real Madrid last season, could even afford to rest Lionel Messi as they set about winning a first trophy under new manager Luis Enrique.

Goal glut

Harder tests are yet to come, but the form of the Catalan giants going to the New Year shows that Madrid may not have it all their own way in 2015. 

No Messi, no problem. Eight times the Huesca goal was breached, delivering eight reasons why Barcelona are still a force to be reckoned with both at home and overseas. 

Few were expecting the visitors to get a result after being beaten by Enrique's men 4-0 earlier this month, and a sublime first half hat-trick from Pedro had them blown away and on the back foot right from the start.

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Midfield duo Andres Iniesta and Sergi Roberto ensured that three-quarters into the tie the hosts' had nine goals to their name, with three more in the final act coming courtesy of Adriano, Adama Traore and Sandro Ramirez. 

Luis Tevenet's men scored the most pointless of goals with four minutes remaining through Carlos Moreno, but the celebrations belonged to the La Liga side who take another step towards possible silverware. 

Cup success

After losing the final to the enemy last campaign, Barcelona are on course to avenge that agonising defeat and win the trophy for the first time since 2012.

Real and Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid have won it since then, but with Messi and the rest of the side hitting form the Spanish giants should be optimistic of ending their wait for Spain's most prestigious cup competition. 

They are also aiming to wrestle the La Liga trophy back from Atletico, but were held to a goalless draw away at Getafe at the weekend and currently lie four points behind Madrid at the summit. 

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