• Barcelona beat Villanovense 6-1 in second leg of Copa del Rey round of 32
  • Sandro Ramirez grabbed a hat-trick with Munir El Haddadi
  •  Barca progress to the last 16 after a goalless draw in the first leg 
  • Real Madrid travel to Cadiz for their round of 32 first leg clash

Nicholas Godden for MailOnline

  • Nick Godden

    Host commentator

Good news for the Neville brothers as Valencia turn it around against Barakaldo coming from a goal down to lead 2-1 thanks to  Jose Gaya’s 65th minute goal.

Madrid haven’t really been pressing on and it’s given Cadiz the chance to build a bit of pressure, though they haven’t capitalised on it. The fans are urging them on, but all it takes is one rapier-like Madrid break and the game is dead. 


Salva Sanchez breaks free on the right flank and delivers a cross into the Real penalty area. Young Marcos Llorente, playing alongside Pepe in the Real defence is all at sea and slices his clearance but Kiko Casilla is eventually grateful to collect it.

The third-tier hosts don’t looked phased by playing on Europe’s heavyweights and are comfortable in possession and look dangerous coming forward. But it’s when Real Madrid win the ball back and counter that Cadiz could have a problem. There is plenty of pace in Real attack tonight.

James Rodriguez turns on the edge of the box and engineers half a yard to pull the trigger but with the side of his foot he sends an effort wide of the Cadiz goalkeeper’s left hand post. In fairness Pol Balleste looked to have it covered.

RIK SHARMA: Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla had a bad time here while on loan from Espanyol for two seasons. He was promoted to the second division in 2008-09, but relegated the next year, with Casilla blamed for much of the team’ woe. He will hope to have a better time tonight.

And Casilla is called into early action. Cadiz, playing in their yellow shirts and Blue shorts resembling Brazil, sliced through the Real defence and Casilla had to rush of his line to save at the feet of Cuero.

Just as Barcelona did earlier, Real take an early lead. James Rodriguez picks out the run of Denis Cheryshev with a pinpoint pass and the Russian brings the ball down and finishes with a powerful low drive with his left foot on the volley. It was a fantastic finish, but what a pass.

RIK SHARMA: Cadiz are doing OK at the moment, third in Group IV of Segunda B, four points behind leaders Real Murcia. That’s Spain’s third tier though. In August 2005, a little over 10 years ago, they hosted Real Madrid here in La Liga, with Robinho making his debut. 

 

Rik Sharma is in Cadiz tonight and is having a very nice time by all accounts.

SHARMA: The yellow home kit doesn’t have a sponsor usually, but the city’s tourism board has bought the space for this game. They will wear “Discover Cadiz” and “www.cadizturismo.com” as the council hopes to draw in tourists from any of the five continents this match is being screened in. Having been here for a couple of days, I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a bit of sun, sand and sea. Even in December.

CADIZ (4-2-3-1): Pol; Cristian, Adriane, Josete, Tomas; Garrido, Mantecon; Salvi, Lolo, Pavez; Cuero

SUBS: Servando, Cifuentes, Alberto Quintana, Kike Marquez, Guiza

REAL MADRID (4-2-3-1): Casilla; Arbeloa, Pepe, Nacho, Cheryshev; Casemiro, Llorente; James, Isco, Vazquez; Jese

SUBS: Ruben Yanez, Kovacic, Mayoral, Lienhart, Tejero

No rest for the wicked. Real Madrid will be kicking off in Cadiz in just five minutes time. Remember this is the first leg tie unlike Barca who have advanced tonight.

Barcelona move into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with, as expected, a fairly routine win for the hosts. Sandro Ramirez bagged a hat-trick and leaves the field with the match ball in his hands. There were two for Munir El Haddadi and one for Dani Alves with Juanfran netting for the visitors.

Villanovense look completely worn down after chasing shadows for 80 minutes and Barcelona are showing no real urgency to add to their tally.

You get the feeling they could humiliate the visitors but are more than happy to just stroll towards full-time without exerting too much energy in the closing stages.

Munir grabs his second and Barca’s sixth and it is a thing of beauty. Sandro Ramirez is released behind the Villanovense backline and is confronted by the goalkeeper Fuentes. The 20-year-old forward plays a quite brilliant back-heel into the path of Munir to finish into the empty net.

Just as a write that Barcelona have a fifth. Sandro Ramirez completes his hat-trick after the ball fell to him in the penalty area after good work down the right by Adriano.

We are approaching the last 20 minutes of the tie here. Nothing much happening at the moment in all honestly. Barcelona very happy to keep possession.

Third-tier side Barakaldo took a surprise lead after 16 minutes through Alain Arroyo, but that strike was cancelled out just three minutes later by the aptly-named Joao Cancelo. 1-1.

Thomas Vermaelen surges forward from the back into the Villanovense half and plays one-two with Gumbau, controlling the ball on his chest inside the box but his toe poked attempt can only find the side-netting.

The visitors make a change as Caballero is replaced by Moraga.

Munir drives at the heart of the Villanovense defence, who continue to back away. The 20-year-old fires a low left-footed effort but Fuentes gets down smartly to tip it past the post at full stretch.

Sandro made it 2-0 with this finish

Bara have wasted no time increasing their lead at the start of the second half. Jeremy Mathieu delivers a perfect cross from the left and Munir breaks into the box beating the defender to the ball to plant a header past Fuentes.

PETE JENSON: Mission accomplished now as both Munir and Sandro have scored. 18-1 aggregate score for Barça now over last four games.

Adriano, in his new position at right back, advances down the wing and cuts back on to his favoured left foot before curling in a delivery at pace, but Aitor just can’t manage to catch up with it.

Up the other end Villanovense win a free kick in a dangerous are wide on the left. The delivery is poor though and doesn’t beat the first man.

Don’t forget I will be bringing you goal updates from Valencia’s clash with Barakaldo when that game gets under way in about five minutes.

Earlier this morning the club announced that they have appointed Gary Neville as head coach to work alongside brother Phil for the rest of the season.

However, Gary Neville won’t take charge until next week’s Champions League tie against Lyon.

Some lovely play on the edge of the box between Juanfran and Jairo sees the ball drop on the edge of the box to Elias but he can only fire over.

And that will be that for the first half action.

Dani Alves receives the ball as the furthest Barcelona man forward wide on the right with a line of six Barca fowards waited for the cross, but it is too deep and Villanovense attempt to break on the European champions.

Juanfran looks to create space in the penalty area but is challenged and the ball squirts out for a corner. Thomas Vermaelen deals with the threat though.

Well, after that goal out of nothing the pattern of play has returned to something akin to a training game. Barca keeping possession with some slick one-touch passing as they move through the gears and the Villanovense defence at pace.

Aitor eventually gets a shooting opportunity from a tight angle but it is blocked behind for a corner.

No sooner had Villanovense finished celebrating as Barcelona restore their two-goal advantage. Sandro Ramirez has his second of the game beating Fuentes with a smart low finish after being slipped through by Aitor.

Well, well, well. Villanovense have a rare foray into the Barcelona half and Juanfran receives the ball on the edge of the penalty area. He turns and lets fly with a rasping drive that swerves away from Masip. An unbelievable finish.

PETE JENSON: Villanovense’s 3,000 away supporters get the goal they came for. Barça third keeper Jordi Masip well beaten by Juanfran.

Barcelona attacking at will. Dani Alves is playing as a right sided forward and induces roars of approval from the home support as he pulls off two back-heels in the space of 10 seconds.

A cross from the left eventually falls to Munir on the edge of the box but his shot deflects through to the grateful hands of Fuentes.

Oh dear, oh dear. Fuentes in the Villanovense goal has had an absolute nightmare. The ball is played back to him and he tries to play a simple enough pass to his full back but it goes straight to Sandro, who bends the ball past the goalkeeper with a beautiful finish. It is going to be a long evening for these Villanovense players, you sense. 

This time it is the pacey Munir finding plenty of space on the edge of the box. The 20-year-old catches Fuentes off his line slightly and goes for an audacious chip but sends his effort wide.

They might have all of their biggest stars missing but Barcelona’s style of play remains the same. They are popping the ball around with ease as the visitors struggle to get to grips with their top flight opponents.

Dani Alves is played in down the right, he cuts back inside and picks out Sandro in the box but his header is easy enough to save for Fuentes.


Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta all watching from the bench and unlikely to be used now. What Barcelona need are goals from Sandro and Munir who did well filling in while Messi was out for two months but failed to find the target.

Villanovense are caught in possession near the halfway line and Adriano picks up the loose ball and drives at the heart of the defence. The Brazilian goes for goal from range but it is deflected behind for a corner.

The corner is cleared to edge of the box where Sergi Samper picks up the loose ball. The young midfielder looks to bend an effort into the top corner. Good idea but the execution was all wrong and it flies over the top.

And it has taken Barcelona just four minutes to open the scoring and it’s Dani Alves with a strike from all of 35 yards.

Barcelona would have been keen to get off the mark early and they have done just that. Space opened up for the right back and he let fly with a powerful strike that moved and dipped and beat Fuentes, who might have done better.

Villanovense donning their green home strip with white shorts, while Barca are in their traditional colours.

And Barca are on the offensive instantly and the first shot of the match comes in from range by Munir. It takes a wicked deflection but fortunately for Villanovense goalkeeper Fuentes it goes harmlessly wide and out for a corner.

It’s whipped in but cleared from danger.

Javier Mascherano captains Barcelona tonight and is out for the coin toss.

We’re all set and it will be the hosts to kick things off.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Masip; Alves, Bartra, Vermaelen, Bartra, Mathieu; Samper, Mascherano, Adriano; Sandro, Aitor, Munir

Subs: Iniesta, Suarez, Neymar, Bravo, Gumbau

Villanovense (4-4-2): Fuentes; Trinidad, Tapia, Cubi, Super; Pajuelo, Anxo, Elias, Juanjo; Jairo, Juanfran

Subs: Alvaro Peral, Pingu, Casi, Pablo Moraga, Curro Sanchez

And welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Copa del Rey action from Spain. Barcelona kick-off against Villanovense in just over 10 minutes and we will also be bring you all the action from Real Madrid’s trip to Cadiz kicking off at 9pm.

Barca drew 0-0 in the first leg of this round of 32 clash way back at the end of October. Real and all other Copa del Rey matches are first leg ties tonight – Barca played the first leg early because they are participating in the Club World Cup, which starts next week.

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are both in action in the Copa del Rey round of 32 on Wednesday nigth as the Spanish giants take on third-tier opposition.

Luis Enrique’s side were held to a goalless draw in the first leg against Villanovense back in October but will be expecting to brush aside the Segunda Division B side at the Nou Camp, even without a host of stars.

Luis Suarez and Neymar, nominated for the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or earlier this week, have both been named on the bench but Lionel Messi will play no part.

Real travel to Cadiz for what is their first leg of the tie and Rafa Benitez is also expected to ring the changes for the midweek clash.

Follow all the action from the Copa del Rey with Barcelona vs Villanovense kicking off at 7pm and Cadiz vs Real Madrid starting at 9pm. We will also have updates from Valencia’s clash with Barakaldo.


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