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Barcelona tear Valencia to shreds in Copa del Rey semi-final

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Things do not get easier for Gary Neville at Valencia. Not many expected his side to get past Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie, and they were right not to.

Valencia travelled to the Camp Nou for the first of two legs on Wednesday evening and lasted all of seven minutes before their dream of winning some silverware was in tatters.

Luis Suarez scored the first after receiving a fine pass from Neymar and doubled their lead only five minutes later. Of course, it would not feel like a true destruction until Leo Messi got in the act.


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The 98,000 fans at the famous old stadium did not have to wait too long for the diminutive Argentine to find his scoring boots in what was arguably the goal of the night.

An Andreas Iniesta pass, a Neymar back-heel, a Suarez dummy and Messi in front of the Valencia goal. 3-0 and the tie essentially in the bag.

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Shkodran Mustafi was then sent off for a foul on Leo Messi, receiving a red card for his troubles. Neymar missed the resulting penalty, but it didn't stop the Barcelona freight train from moving forward.

Messi made it four inside an hour in what was his 500th career goal, but the accolade was quickly shadowed by what must have been a first: a Real Madrid player getting a standing ovation.

Denis Cheryshev, on loan from Los Blancos, entered the fray to the sound of 98,000 Barcelona fans cheering him on. The story? He was the man inadvertently responsible for getting for getting Real Madrid knocked out of the same cup competition.


Rafa Benitez started the Russian in a tie against Cadiz, in which he scored. However, it soon became apparent that he was not registered and he was whipped off in the second half, but it was too late. As a result, he is now, evidently, a Barcelona hero.

Messi then grabbed his hat-trick, making this story that little bit longer before Suarez joined him in the 83rd minute. Just in case you weren't certain that Barcelona were on another planet, Suarez made it 7-0 minutes later.

Final score: 7-0. Now, let the fight for the match ball begin!

Suarez grabbed his first goal in the seventh minute

Four minutes later, he made it 2-0

It wasn't long before Messi got involved, too

And it was glorious

Barcelona then got a penalty & Mustafi got sent off

Then Neymar proceeded to miss it


Messi makes it  four

Then something strange happened

Messi then completed his hat-trick

It wasn't too long before Suarez joined him

And then another...

Good luck in the second leg, Gary!

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