Barca advance in Copa del Rey
Barcelona: FC Barcelona's subs made the most of their chance during the second leg of a Copa del Rey round of 32 tie against humble Cultural Leones, powering the hosts to a 4-1 victory (5-1 on aggregate).
Denis Suarez had a brace, while Malcom and Munir El Haddadi contributed a goal each during Wednesday's game, reports Efe.
Trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Leon, third-division Cultural treated the game as an opportunity to enjoy themselves on the big stage at Camp Nou, where they managed to create chances and even score a consolation goal.
Mancebo forced a save from Barça goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen minutes before Munir put the hosts ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute.
Munir went on to hit the post with another strike not long before Denis got his first of the night in the 26th minute.
The third goal came in the 44th minute, when Malcom headed in a cross from Ivan Rakitic. Barça eased off a little in the second half, opening the door for Cultural to create a moment of glory in the 53rd minute as Cillessen mishandled a strike from distance by Ortiz. The keeper dealt with Jose Alonso's rebound try, but couldn't stop Señe from scoring.
The goal buoyed the visitors and they won a couple of corners to create opportunities on the set piece, though they failed to convert.
Cultural's brief flurry stirred Barcelona and Denis completed his brace in the 70th minute to make the final 4-1.
Meanwhile, Barcelona forward Malcom is set to be sidelined for up to 15 days after he sprained his right ankle, the Catalan club confirmed on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Brazilian had mixed
fortunes during Wednesday's Copa del
Rey 4-1 win over Cultural Leonesa at Barcelona's home stadium Camp Nou, as Malcom scored a goal before sustaining his injury, reports Efe news. "Malcom out for 10 to 15 days with a sprained right ankle," the La Liga side tweeted.