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Villa hits brace in Barca’s win

Barcelona’s David Villa proved he still has a sharp eye for goal by scoring twice as the holders cruised into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals by beating second division Cordoba 5-0 at the Nou Camp.

The Spain striker, his country’s leading all-time scorer, has had to be content with a secondary role this season, but has continued to score when called upon and took his tally to five in four Cup games.

The 31-year-old netted twice in five first-half minutes to ease Barca’s passage into the last eight, while a double from Alexis Sanchez after the break to add to the early opener from Thiago Alcantara gave the hosts a 7-0 aggregate victory.

‘Villa has played a great game. He has showed us what we all already knew, that he should be an important player for us,’ Barca assistant coach Jordi Roura said as he stood in for the absent Tito Vilanova.

‘He will return to be more important for us, without any doubt.’ Barca set up a meeting with Champions League last-16 side Malaga in the next round, and could meet Real Madrid in the semis, if Jose Mourinho’s side overcome Valencia.
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