Celta Vigo beats Madrid; Messi stars for Barca

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
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MADRID (AP) — Celta Vigo upset Real Madrid with a 2-1 victory in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, and Lionel Messi scored his 21st double to reach 88 goals in 2012, leading Barcelona to a 2-0 win over second-tier club Cordoba.

Having broken German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year on Sunday, Messi added to his tally in the 11th minute by tapping into an empty net from David Villa's pass.

"Messi is extraordinary," Barcelona defender Dani Alves said. "In every age there is always a player that stands out, and right now he is the reference point, just like Pele and Maradona were in their time."

Pedro Rodriguez controlled the ball in midfield and delivered a perfectly weighted long pass to the flank for Villa to cross. As goalkeeper Mikel Saizar fell to the ground, Messi tapped the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

Messi received a cross from Alexis Sanchez to beat Saizar and score his 21st double of 2012 in the 74th. The Argentina forward has now scored two goals in each of the past seven matches he has started.

The 20,000 fans who filled Cordoba's Municipal del Arcangel stadium cheered Messi as he came on the field.

Cordoba began by launching aggressive runs deep into Barcelona's half, and goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto was forced to leap athletically to tip out a powerful shot by Lopez Garai in the fifth minute.

Cordoba's Alberto Aguilar forced a save from Pinto when he jumped high to head the ball toward goal in the 43rd.

Messi found Villa with a well-timed pass in the 53rd minute but, having beaten the offside trap, the Spain striker shot over the bar. A powerfully struck shot by Pedro was saved by Saizar three minutes later.

At Balaidos stadium, Celta Vigo's Cristian Bustos unleashed a powerful shot from outside the area into the top far corner of the net in the 33rd minute after a sloppy throw-in by Madrid defender Pepe had been intercepted by Roberto Lago.

Celta Vigo's Mario Bermejo beat the offside trap to hit a low shot past goalkeeper Iker Casillas after receiving a pass in behind Madrid's back four by Danish midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli in the 56th.