Barcelona breeze into last eight

David Villa and Alexis Sánchez both scored twice as FC Barcelona beat Córdoba CF 5-0, while Real Betis Balompié and Club Atlético de Madrid also progressed to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

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FC Barcelona booked a Copa del Rey quarter-final meeting with fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Málaga CF by cruising past Córdoba CF 5-0.

Córdoba already trailed 2-0 from the opening meeting and fell further adrift when Thiago Alcántara (17) swept in a finish from Alex Song’s lobbed pass. David Villa swiftly added a sumptuous second, wrong-footing Alberto Aguilar then flipping a shot over Mikel Saizar from a narrow angle, before driving in number three from the edge of the area after 26 minutes. Alexis Sánchez took centre stage after the break, heading in the fourth from a corner before poking the fifth goal in from close range.

Real Betis Balompié’s progression was less straightforward as they needed an 85th-minute winner from Castro Rubén to beat UD Las Palmas after their original contest had ended 1-1. Betis will play Club Atlético de Madrid in the last eight after the capital club completed a 2-0 aggregate success with a goalless draw at Getafe CF. The hosts failed to make any inroads into the first-leg deficit with their task made more challenging when Rafa was dismissed after 33 minutes.

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