Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
Real Murcia0Barcelona3

Real Murcia 0-3 Barcelona

Jose Arnaiz
Jose Arnaiz (right) scored his first goal for Barcelona after 56 minutes of his debut

Jose Arnaiz scored on his senior debut as Barcelona defeated third-tier side Real Murcia in the first leg of their fourth-round Copa del Rey tie.

Barcelona, who rested Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and also had Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic on the bench, went ahead through Paco Alcacer's header.

Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu added a second after a fine individual run seven minutes after the break.

Arnaiz, 22, scored the third with a shot from outside the penalty area.

Barcelona have won the competition in each of the last three seasons and play the second leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 29 November.

Ernesto Valverde's side, who are four points clear at the top of La Liga, have now won 12 and drawn one of their last 13 games in all competitions.

Barcelona are next in action on Saturday with an away league game at Athletic Bilbao.

Elsewhere in the Copa del Rey there was a surprise as second-tier Numancia beat top-flight Malaga 2-1, while Sevilla won 3-0 at third-tier side Cartagena.

Valencia gained a 2-0 victory at Segunda Division side Real Zaragoza, Getafe went down 1-0 at home against Alaves and Cadiz lost 2-1 to Real Betis.

Atletico Madrid get their Copa del Rey campaign under way on Wednesday when they head to third-tier Elche, before Real Madrid play away at another third-tier side Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Line-ups

Real Murcia

  • 1Santomé
  • 2Escribano
  • 4Orfila
  • 5Ortiz Ramos
  • 3Gómez-Pimpollo López
  • 6MateosSubstituted forOrtiz Abellánat 76'minutes
  • 7Mengoud MontesBooked at 49mins
  • 10LlorenteSubstituted forSánchezat 61'minutes
  • 8Domínguez
  • 11MolineroSubstituted forPérez Martínezat 61'minutes
  • 9Zorrilla Jiménez

Substitutes

  • 12Jara Collado
  • 13Ribas Rodenas
  • 14Ortiz Abellán
  • 15Sánchez
  • 16Pérez Martínez

Barcelona

  • 13Cillessen
  • 2Cabral Semedo
  • 14Mascherano
  • 25Vermaelen
  • 19DigneSubstituted forCucurellaat 83'minutes
  • 26AleñáSubstituted forRakiticat 76'minutes
  • 21André Gomes
  • 6D Suárez
  • 16DeulofeuSubstituted forRobertoat 76'minutes
  • 17Alcácer
  • 37Arnáiz

Substitutes

  • 3Piqué
  • 4Rakitic
  • 20Roberto
  • 31Ortolá
  • 36Cucurella
Referee:
José Luis Munuera Montero
Attendance:
16,127

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MurciaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 24th October 2017

  • Real MurciaReal Murcia0BarcelonaBarcelona3
  • CartagenaCartagena0SevillaSevilla3
  • NumanciaNumancia2MalagaMalaga1
  • GetafeGetafe0AlavésAlavés1
  • Real ZaragozaReal Zaragoza0ValenciaValencia2
  • CádizCádiz1Real BetisReal Betis2

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