This was a much better performance from Barcelona. They were poor against Valencia at the weekend, but looked much more creative in the final third tonight. They will enter tomorrow's draw for the Copa del Rey quarter finals. The Catalans were far too strong for Leganes.
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FC Barcelona - CD Leganés
Copa del Rey - 31 January 2020
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FULL TIME: Barcelona 5-0 Leganes
The draw for the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey will take place on Friday afternoon. Real Madrid are already in the hat after their win over Real Zaragoza last night. Clasico quarter?
There will be two minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
Siovas was sliding in to try and stop what he anticipated would be a low shot from Messi. So what did the Argentine do? Saw it and lifted a finish high into the roof of the net, of course.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 5 (88 mins - Lionel Messi) Leganes 0. It's a fifth for Barcelona and Messi grabs his second of the night! This hasn't been his best display in a Barca shirt and yet the Argentine will finish with a brace. Rakitic plays a ball through for Messi, he rounds the goalkeeper and fires into the back of the net.
Messi found the back of the net, but he has been quiet this evening. He has been relatively quiet in each of the four matches he has played under new manager, Setien.
Ansu is desperate to get on the score sheet, but his shot from the edge of the penalty box is wild and Cuellar watches the ball flash over the crossbar. He got a bit excited there.
Barcelona will face Levante in La Liga on Sunday and this performance should give them something of a template to follow. This has been a better display from the Catalans.
Rosales is shown a yellow card for a slightly reckless challenge.
PICTURE: It's all been a bit easy for Barcelona.
There is some speculation that Rakitic could leave Barcelona tomorrow with the transfer window closing, and so if that is to be the case this would be his farewell to Camp Nou.
As if the final outcome was in any doubt, Barcelona have applied the gloss to this result and they will be in the draw for the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey on Friday afternoon.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 4 (78 mins - Arthur) Leganes 0. There's the fourth goal for Barcelona! Ansu's shot was saved by Cuellar, the stop was then made from Messi, but Arthur arrived on the scene to finish into the Leganes net! The goalkeeper couldn't have done anything more to keep that attack out!
The pace and tempo from this match has fallen flat. It's been clear from the moment the third goal was scored that Barcelona would be heading into the Copa del Rey quarter finals.
Griezmann had played every minute under Setien as Barcelona boss and so it makes sense that he should be rested for the final 15 minutes of this match. Barca will need him.
There's one last change for Barcelona as well, with Arthur coming on for Griezmann.
Braithwaite comes off for Plomer and it certainly feels like Leganes have given up on this one.
PICTURE: Griezmann's goal got the ball rolling for Barca.
That was just desperate from Silva. He was off balance and was way out from goal and in the end his shot was closer to the corner flag than Ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.
Pass, pass, pass... this has become a bit of a stroll for Barcelona as they coast through to full time. Leganes can't get near them at the moment. There's an air of resignation to the visitors now.
De Jong puts a good pass into the path of Ansu. Barcelona had a number of players forward, with Griezmann to Ansu's right, but the teenager's first touch let him down.
With those two changes it seems Setien might be looking ahead to the weekend with this match essentially done and dusted. Barcelona will need Alba over the next few months.
Another change for Barcelona and Alba comes off to be replaced by Firpo.
PICTURE: This has become a stroll for Barcelona.
De Jong shoots just wide! The Dutchman controlled a pass wonderfully then got the shot away, but the ball flashes across goal and wide of the far post when he had Ansu in the middle.
As expected, there's the change from Setien and Rakitic comes on for Vidal.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 3 (60 mins - Lionel Messi) Leganes 0. That should be Barcelona's place in the Copa del Rey quarter finals secured, with Messi adding his name to the score sheet. However, it was slightly fortunate as Messi's shot comes off Siovas and trickles into the back of the Leganes net.
It looks like Barcelona are about to make a change and Rakitic will be the one to come on for the Catalans. The Croatian midfielder is getting ready to come on down on the touchline.
Leganes are making a double change here with Rodrigues coming on for Silva and Roque Mesa coming off to be replaced by Eraso.
Messi has been very quiet this evening. In fact, it's worth noting that the Barcelona numebr 10 hasn't quite been himself in the four matches played under Setien to date.
One might have expected Leganes to come out fighting for the start of the second half, but this is a little passive from the away side. They need to give this more of a go. Too passive.
Vidal shoots! The Chilean took aim from outside the penalty area, but the shot flashes over the crossbar. That's what Vidal gives you. He is willing to take on shots from distance.
Vidal came in for Arthur for this match and the Chilean has made a difference for Barcelona. The Catalans just have more drive when Vidal is involved in the central midfield.
There has been a lot of speculation that Barcelona would sign a striker in this transfer window, but it now seems that they will stick with the three fit forwards who have started tonight.
PICTURE: Lenglet found the net in the first half.
It's a long way back for Leganes from here, but they have created some opportunities of their own and Barcelona have, at times, looked a little vulnerable at the back. Not over yet.
Barcelona's problem in the three games played under Setien to date is that they have struggled to create goalscoring opportunities. That hasn't been much of a problem this evening.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at Camp Nou! Barcelona have a 2-0 lead over Leganes in this Copa del Rey round of 16 match!
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HALF TIME: Barcelona 2-0 Leganes. Goals from Griezmann and Lenglet have given the Catalans the lead at the break. They have been the better team, but Leganes still carry something of a threat.
This has been a lot better from Barcelona, but it must be said that Messi has been quiet for the Catalans. He was quiet in the defeat to Valencia at the weekend as well. Hmmm..
There will be two minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
Nice idea! Busquets played a scooped pass over the top for Ansu to chase, but the teenager couldn't get there and Cuellar came off his line to gather. That was a good idea.
The Madrid derby is this weekend and so that could be an opportunity for Barcelona to claw back some of the three-point difference on Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga standings.
Barcelona are now slowing down the contest as they attempt to suffocate this match heading into half time. This has been much more like it from the Catalans this evening.
PICTURE: Setien will be pleased with what he has seen.
Semedo has offered a lot down the right side for Barcelona this evening. One wonders if Setien might take to using the Portuguese international over Roberto out there after this.
Messi is very deep for Barcelona this evening. This looks to be Setien experimenting with a few things. He's using Griezmann through the middle in attack. That's something new.
The three forwards that Barcelona have on the pitch tonight - Ansu, Griezmann and Messi - are actually Barcelona's only three fit forwards after they sold Perez to Roma earlier today.
On the face of things and the balance of play, Barcelona are cruising this. But there's still a sense that Leganes could get back into this match. They look dangerous when they attack.
Over the bar! That was excellent play by Perez, dribbling into the Barcelona box before getting a shot away, but there was a deflection off Pique and it spins up and over the crossbar.
De Jong has faced criticism in the first few matches under Setien, but the Dutch midfielder has played well so far here. He demonstrated some good tracking back just moments ago.
PICTURE: Griezmann has played well in this first half.
It's a long way back for Leganes from here. They have had chances to find the back of the net themselves in this first half, but Barcelona have been ruthless in front of goal.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 2 (28 mins - Clement Lenglet) Leganes 0. It's a second Barcelona goal! Messi's corner kick was flicked on by Lenglet, with the French defender finding the back of the net with his header. VAR is being used to have a look at this one, but the officials have decided the goal should stand.
Griezmann... deflected wide! That was a real opportunity for Barcelona to double their advantage, wih Griezmann played in on goal, but the French forward has his shot deflected wide of the far post.
Barcelona have undoubtedly been the better of the two teams, but Leganes have had five shots on target compared to just two for the hosts. The Catalans still need to be more productive in attack.
Braithwaite again! The Leganes striker has been lively in the early stages of this match. This time he gets a first-time shot away after a low cross from the left, but Ter Stegen makes the save.
Lenglet heads over! Messi teases a freekick delivery into the Leganes penalty area, it was right on the head of the French defender, but he guides his effort over the target. Good chance.
Into the side netting! Griezmann and Vidal exchange passes on the edge of the box, with the pass played back to the Chilean midfielder, but his shot is wide of the near post and into the side netting.
Ter Stegen saves! Braithwaite gets another effort away on goal, but the Barcelona goalkeeper makes the save. That was easy enough for Ter Stegen, but another early test.
This has been a good start from Barcelona. It's not just that they are dominating possession, it's that they look dangerous when they have the ball. That hasn't always been the case under Setien.
Alba across the face of goal! That was a nice passing move from Barcelona, with de Jong dummying for the left back, but his low shot flashes across the face of goal and wide of the far post.
At the moment it looks like Griezmann might be playing through the middle with Messi out on the right and Ansu on the left. Griezmann has looked lively in the opening 20 minutes.
This is a good spell for Leganes. They are pressing high on Barcelona. The Catalans are coping well with the pressure at the moment, but the away side aren't backing down!
PICTURE: Griezmann opened the scoring for Barcelona.
ROQUE MESA... wide! That wasn't far away from finding the far corner of Ter Stegen's net, with Roque Mesa getting the shot away from the edge of the box. It flashes just wide, though.
Goal decision stands! We weren't shown a replay ourselves, but the officials have decided using VAR that the original decision to rule out Griezmann's goal was the right one.
Still checking that disallowed goal...
On first viewing, Alba looked to be well offside when the pass was played over the top by Messi, but replays show that there wasn't much in it at all. Could this goal actually stand?
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! Griezmann has the ball in the back of the net for a second time, but the flag is up for offside! A Vidal shot was saved by Cuellar, Griezmann finished the rebound, but he was off. Not much in it.
You get the feeling that this is going to be a difficult evening for Leganes now. They are trailing and will now be forced to chase Barcelona who will dominate possession.
Barcelona have dominated the games they have played under Setien in terms of possession, but they have struggled to break down opponents. They've got that out of the way tonight.
That should settle some nerves inside the Camp Nou. Nobody was quite sure what to expect from Barcelona this evening given their three performances so far under Setien, but they are ahead.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 1 (4 mins - Antoine Griezmann) Leganes 0. There's the breakthrough and it has come early on for Barcelona! It's Griezmann who has grabbed the goal! Messi played Semedo down the right side, the Portuguese right back cut it back for Griezmann and the Frenchman rolled a shot over the line.
Ansu gets down the left side and to the byline before crossing into the middle, but there were too many Leganes players in the middle and the away side make the clearance.
Just wide! That could have been an opening goal for the away side within the first two minutes! Braithwaite got the shot away on goal, but his effort fizzed just wide of Ter Stegen's post!
The match is under way at Camp Nou! It's Barcelona against Leganes in this Copa del Rey round of 16 tie!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get started at Camp Nou. Kick off is just moments away.
Leganes are toiling down near the foot of La Liga this season, but they did claim a draw away to Atletico Madrid at the weekend.
Barcelona had been linked with a number of strikers!
Barcelona struggled against Ibiza in the last round of the Copa del Rey and had to rely on Griezmann to save them in stoppage time. What sort of performance will they serve up tonight?
Setien has picked a very strong team for this game this evening, illustrating just how important it is for Barcelona to win here and move into the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. How badly do Barcelona need to win this? Can Leganes spring a shock? Tweet me!
Must win! Barcelona come into this match on the back of a damaging defeat to Valencia at the weekend. Lose this one and serious questions would be asked of new manager Setien, even at this early stage.
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Vidal, Griezmann, Ansu, Messi. /// Leganes - Cuellar, Sila, Mesa, Braithwaite, Awaziem, Tarin, Rosales, Ruibal, Perez, Siovas, Rodriguez.
ICYMI - here is today's Euro Papers. There's some Barcelona speculation in there!
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