Spanish Copa del Rey - 2nd Leg
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Barcelona 3-0 Levante: Ousmane Dembele & Lionel Messi score as Barca progress

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Ousmane Dembele scored twice in two first-half minutes

Barcelona overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit to beat Levante 4-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Two fortuitous Ousmane Dembele goals in the first half put Barca - cup winners in the past four seasons - ahead on aggregate at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi tucked in a third, his seventh goal in five games.

However, Barca could be thrown out of the competition amid claims they fielded an ineligible player in the first leg.

Levante have said they will lodge a complaint to the Spanish federation because Barca defender Juan Brandariz should have been serving a suspension after receiving a yellow card while playing for Barcelona's B team in the Segunda B division.

Barcelona say a change in the rules, made in November, meant the suspension does not apply to the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid were expelled from the cup in 2015 for fielding Denis Cheryshev when he was an ineligible.

Barcelona were always in control of the second leg against Levante despite facing the prospect of their earliest Copa del Rey exit in nine years.

Messi had a good chance saved before Barcelona took the lead when Erick Cabaco's clearance hit Dembele's shin and lobbed over Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez.

A minute later Fernandez inadvertently turned a chip from Dembele into his own net when diving to make a save.

In the 54th minute, Dembele crossed to Messi from the right before the Argentine shot into the bottom corner.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Cillessen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 17MurilloBooked at 45mins
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forRobertoat 73'minutes
  • 22Vidal
  • 4RakiticBooked at 43mins
  • 8Ramos de Oliveira Melo
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forD Suárezat 77'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7CoutinhoSubstituted forSuárezat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 3Piqué
  • 5Busquets
  • 6D Suárez
  • 9Suárez
  • 20Roberto
  • 21Aleñá

Levante

  • 25Fernández
  • 18CabacoBooked at 75mins
  • 15PostigoBooked at 33minsSubstituted forRemeseiro Salgueiroat 71'minutes
  • 4Suárez PierBooked at 90mins
  • 12Andújar Moreno
  • 24CampañaSubstituted forDoukouréat 68'minutes
  • 8PrcicBooked at 84mins
  • 10Bardhi
  • 7Simon
  • 21Boateng
  • 2MayoralSubstituted forDwamenaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruiz Ojeda
  • 3García Aranda
  • 5Doukouré
  • 11Morales
  • 19López
  • 20Dwamena
  • 23Remeseiro Salgueiro
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez
Attendance:
42,838

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home25
Away9
Shots on Target
Home13
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away20

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 17th January 2019

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