Barcelona are into the next round of the Copa del Rey and it was never really in any doubt. Tonight, we saw a big performance from both Rakitic and Denis, with Puig coming off the bench to whet the appetites of those Barcelona fans who expect so much from the 17-year-old in the years to come.
- 2nd Half
- SeñéMartinez Felipe79'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
- El Haddadi18'
FC Barcelona - Cultural Leonesa
Copa del Rey - 5 December 2018
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Barcelona 4-1 Cultural Leonesa (5-1 on aggregate)
This has been comfortable for Barcelona on the whole. Cultural Leonesa have made a good account of themselves, but the gulf in quality between the two sides has been obvious.
Just two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Malcom comes off! The Brazilian winger looks visibly upset. He was just starting make an impression for his new club and it now seems that he has picked up quite a bad ankle injury.
Palatsi makes the save! Munir takes one touch too many, taking him too wide. The forward still gets the left-footed strike away from goal, but the Leonesa goalkeeper makes the save.
This is the last thing that Barcelona need at the moment. They are struggling with injuries at the moment and could do without Malcom adding to their list of players sidelined.
Malcom injury! This would be a blot on this match's copybook for Barcelona. Malcom has slipped and seems to have injured himself. Replays showed that he caught his studs in the turf.
You don't want to be patronising, but this has panned out as well as Cultural Leonesa could have hoped. They have a goal to remember their trip to Camp Nou by and haven't been humiliated.
All changes have been made by both teams so we can look forward to an uninterrupted final 10 minutes at Camp Nou. The match had fallen into something of a lull in the last 10 minutes or so.
Final sub for the away side and it's goalscorer Sene who comes off for Martinez.
Puig really has been exceptional since coming on for Barcelona. He has controlled things. Okay, he might be playing third tier opponents, but it's not easy to do this for a team like Barca.
Escalante is coming on for Cultural Leonesa. He replaces Viti, who did okay.
Alena is another who has been excellent for Barcelona this evening. Between him and Puig, the Catalans have a lot to look forward to. Those two players are expected to reach the top.
Into the wall! Denis is desperate for a hat trick. It's entirely possible that this could be the last time he gets a start for Barcelona and with two already to his name he wants that third.
There has been a lot of talk and hype about Puig over the past few months and on this performance in the second half it's easy to see why. He has been truly exceptional since coming on.
- GoalDenis SuárezFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 4 (70 mins - Denis Suarez) Cultural Leonesa 1. What a goal from Barcelona and it was all about the pass from Puig! The teenager clipped through a clever ball for Denis to run through on to and he squeezed a shot into the far corner of the net. Make sure you see this pass.
Munir denied! A chance for Barcelona to add a fourth goal on the night, but Palatsi comes out to make the save from the forward, who is forced wide on the rebound.
Headed over! That was an opportunity for Cultural Leonesa to make a real go of this in the final 25 minutes, but Alonso heads over the bar when he should have tested Cillessen.
Lenglet was actually included in the initial linuep from Barcelona only for Vermaelen to emerge for kick off. Not really sure what happened there, but Lenglet is on the pitch now.
That change for Barcelona means that Chumi will now shift over to the right back position, with Lenglet slotting in beside Vermaelen at the heart of the Barcelona defence.
And here's Barcelona's third and final change, with Lenglet coming on for the final half hour.
Cultural Leonesa are actually enjoying a decent spell at the moment and are putting Barcelona under some pressure. But it's too late for them to mount any genuine fightback.
It's a change for Cultural Leonsa and Capilla comes on for Mancebo.
A lot is expected of Puig. He has been ripping it up for Barcelona's B team and this is his introduction to the senior team. He has come through La Masia and is the club's next big thing.
It's youngster Puig who comes on for Busquets Jnr. This will be interesting to watch. First appearance for the 19-year-old.
- GoalJosep SeñéCultural Leonesa
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 3 Cultural Leonesa 1 (54 mins - Josep Sene). It's a cheap goal for Barcelona to give up! Ortiz's shot was parried wide by Cillessen, the ball is then squared back into the box and Sene was on hand to finish from close range. Nothing more than a consolation goal, though.
Chumi has had very little to deal with on the whole. Cultural Leonesa haven't offered much since the opening 10 minutes of the match, but the young defender will be pleased with how he has played.
Looks like Valverde is about to make another change here, but I can't quite see who it is. It's surely going to be one of the youngsters who comes on for the final 40 minutes for Barca.
Alena shot is blocked! The young midfielder was played in and had space for the shot inside the Cultural Leonsa penalty area, but the defender came across to make the block.
That change means that the two Busquets are on the pitch for Barcelona in this second half, Oriol and Sergio. Is there any need for both of them playing? This game has been won.
Valverde has made a change to his team at the break and Busquets is on for Rakitic.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Barcelona have a 3-0 (4-0 on aggregate) lead over Cultural Leonesa.
What did you make of the first half at Camp Nou? Has Malcom done enough to suggest that he deserves more of a chance in the league and Champions League? Tweet me your thoughts!
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Barcelona 3-0 (4-0 on aggregate) Cultural Leonesa 0. Good 45 minutes from the Spanish champions, but we expected that given the difference in quality between the two sides.
Barcelona, with the scoreline at 4-0 on aggregate and 3-0 on the night, are completely out of sight. Will the second half be a case of damage limitation for the away side?
- GoalMalcomFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 3 (43 mins - Malcom) Cultural Leonesa 0. A third goal for Barcelona! Rakitic teases the cross into the penalty area and Malcom was on hand to power home a header. That was a great finish from the Brazilian winger. He had a lot of work to do to send that into the back of the net.
Good burst forward by Mancebo, who beat Miranda to break into the Barcelona box. He wins the corner kick, but that comes to nothing and Leonesa are made to rue an opportunity.
Leonesa injury? Ortiz is struggling a little bit following a late tackle from Alena. It looks like he will be able to continue, but is now playing with something of a hobble. Let's keep an eye on him.
Another Denis shot! The space cleared for the Barcelona midfielder to take aim from the edge of the box, but the low drive was blocked by Alonso. That would have tested Palatsi.
This is a better spell Cultural Leonesa are enjoying at the end of the first half. They are stringing some passes together in the opposition half, but are struggling to break Barca down.
Miranda is shown a yellow card for leaving a leg in on a tackle. There was no need for that.
Of course, what we must keep in mind is that Cultural Leonesa are a third tier team. It's difficult for them to come to Camp Nou, play Barcelona at their own game and come out on top.
Semedo did well. The cross into the Barcelona wasn't a bad one, but Cultural Leonesa didn't have anyone at the back post making a run and Semedo chests back to Cillessen.
This is becoming a bit too easy for Barcelona. Cultural Leonesa enjoyed a positive opening 10 minutes to the match, but they have since struggled to win the ball from the Catalans.
Cultural Leonesa haven't really played that poorly, but it's difficult to envisage how they will mount a comeback from 3-0 down on aggregate. Barcelona are coasting in this tie now.
Save from Palatsi! Denis once again sends a shot towards goal, but the Cultural Leonesa goalkeeper got down well to make the save and push the ball away from the danger area.
Denis has been linked strongly with a move away from Barcelona in the January transfer window. He has yet to play a game in La Liga this season, but he's making the most of this chance.
- GoalDenis SuárezFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 2 (26 mins - Denis Suarez) Cultural Leonesa 0. Golazoooooo! Barcelona have doubled their lead on the night and it's Denis who grabs the goal. He was given far too much space 20 yards out from goal and curved a finish past the goalkeeper with his right foot! Decent strike.
Malcom is starting to enjoy himself. The Brazilian is being space to stretch his legs. This time the Cultural Leonesa defender gets back to nip the ball off the winger's toes.
That was a waste from Barcelona. Rakitic decided to take on the shot from distance, but the Croatian midfielder puts his strike well over the bar. That wasn't troubling anyone at all.
Barcelona have taken a grip of this game in the last few minutes. They still have a lot of quality on the pitch, despite the players rested, and they are starting to show that now.
Off the post! Inches away from being a second goal for Barcelona and a second for Munir. He was played through by Malcom and strikes his low effort off the base of the near post.
- GoalMunir El HaddadiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 1 (19 mins - Munir El Haddadi) Cultural Leonesa 0. It's an opener for Barcelona and it's Muni who finds the back of the net for the home side! Rakitic provides the assist, Munir turns on the ball and lashes a shot past the goalkeeper. Might that be game over?
This is an opportunity for Malcom to show what he can do from the start. The Brazilian has forced his way into the reckoning recently, but is still having to make do with sub cameos.
There is a sense of complacency around Camp Nou. They believe that Barcelona can coast to a win here, but they are lacking most of their big names and have only a 1-0 lead.
Not far away! Malcom teased the cross into the opposition box, but Munir just couldn't get on the end of the delivery from the Brazilian winger. If only he was a couple inches taller!
The camera pans to the Barcelona bench and it's fair to say that they have some quality to fall back on there. Coutinho, Ter Stegen, Dembele and Busquets all ready to come on if needed.
This has been relatively impressive from Cultural Leonesa. They have created the best opportunity in the early stages of this match and it has been an even contest so far.
Barcelona have made this tournament their own in recent years. In fact, they have won the Copa del Rey in four successive seasons. Will they make it five in a row this season?
Credit to the away side, they are going for it. They are attempting to go toe-to-toe with Barcelona. The 1-0 first leg deficit isn't so big that it is impossible for them to overturn it.
A start for Alena this evening...
Barcelona haven't been in the best form of late. Yes, they have won their last two games on the spin, but looking at the bigger picture they have only won three of their last six.
Cillessen forced into action! Decent opportunity for Mancebo! He struck the half volley towards goal from about 10 yards out, but it was straight at the deputy Barcelona keeper.
The form of the away side hasn't been so good since that 1-0 defeat to Barcelona over a month ago, but this is a game that they have been looking forward to for quite some time.
Cultural Leonesa actually caused Barcelona a few problems in the first leg of this Copa del Rey tie. Can they do that again this evening? They are up against it. Second favourites.
So this is a Barcelona team that will be unfamiliar to most of the home fans inside Camp Nou. This is a chance for the likes of Chumi and Munir to make an impression and catch the eye.
- 1st Half
The match is under way at Camp Nou! It's Barcelona against Cultural Leonesa.
Here we go. About to get under way at the Camp Nou. Kick off just moments away.
This is interesting. No Lenglet as the teams walk out, but Vermaelen is there. Injury in the warm up?
Valverde has handed opportunities to a number of youngsters this evening. How will they do?
Not long until kick off at Camp Nou. What do you expect to see from this game? Is there any way Cultural Leonesa can give Barcelona problems on their own patch this evening?
Cillessen is back in goals for Barcelona this evening. Is he the best second choice goalkeeper in the European game? He's a more than able deputy for Ter Stegen.
Advantage! Barcelona hold a 1-0 lead after the first leg of this Copa del Rey tie, which was played over a month ago. Surely we won't see Leonesa overhaul that deficit at Camp Nou?
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. Can Leonesa put up a fight this evening? How many will Barca settle on? Tweet me!
Ch-ch-ch-changes! Rakitic is pretty much the only first team player who makes the Barcelona lineup this evening. He probably would have been rested too had Vidal not picked up an illness.
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Cillessen, Semedo, Chumi, Lenglet, Miranda, Rakitic, Alena, Oriol, Denis, Munir, Malcom. /// Cultural Leonesa - Palatsi, Alonso, Viti, Albizua, Bernal, Vicente, Mancebo, Glez, Ortiz, Sene, Rodriguez.
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