Hello all! Sports Mole
's live Copa del Rey
last-32 coverage continues from the Camp Nou this evening as Barcelona
welcome Huesca. The hosts will enter the match as the firm favourites to advance following a 3-0 win in the first leg earlier this month. Right, before we get down to the details ahead of the match, let me bring you up-to-speed with the all-important team news.
BARCA: Masip; Montoya, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano; Roberto, Samper, Iniesta; Rafinha, Pedro, Munir
HUESCA: Jimenez; Antonio, Gaspar, David, Scardina; Manolo, Sosa, Lucas, Bernal; Cabezas, Esnaider
So there we have it. Third-choice goalkeeper Jordi Masip makes his first-team debut for Barcelona this evening, while there is also a surprise start for out-of-favour right-back Martin Montoya. Sergi Roberto
and Sergi Samper are also selected by Luis Enrique, in addition to Rafinha and Munir El-Haddadi.
Huesca boss Luis Tevenet, meanwhile, has selected an attacking XI at the Camp Nou. There are starts for Javi Cabezas and Juan Esnaider in the final third, while Alex Bernal and Chus Sosa will be expected to support from midfield. The skipper Juanjo Camacho, however, is not included in the side.
As mentioned, the two sides met in the first leg earlier this month. In truth, it was extremely straight-forward for Barca, with goals from Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta
, Pedro and Rafinha securing a 4-0 win. Huesca will need one of the biggest shocks in the history of football if they are to turn it around.
Barca lost to Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey last season, but Huesca went out to Cartagena in the second round. The hosts will certainly be expected to put on a show this evening, especially after Saturday's disappointing goalless draw against Getafe in La Liga.
As it stands, Barca currently sit second in La Liga, four points behind the leaders Real Madrid. The Catalan outfit have lost just once at home this season, however, with Celta Vigo the victors at the start of November. Aside from that blip, it has been normal service at the Camp Nou thus far.
The visitors, however, are also going very well in their domestic league. As it stands, Huesca sit top of the Segunda B on 31 points and enter the match off the back of a 6-1 win over Trival Valderas at the weekend. Since losing to Barca, they have conceded just once in their three matches.
With the greatest of respect, Huesca are not going to cause an upset this evening, but a positive performance would raise their confidence in their battle to gain promotion from the Segunda B – a league they joined last season after finishing 21st in the Segunda Division.
PREDICTION! In truth, this could be a long, long night for Huesca. Barca are literally in a different league and should not have too many problems recording a comfortable win. My score prediction is 5-0, with Munir finally returning to the scoresheet for the Catalan outfit.
Here we go then. Both sets of players join us on the field for the first period. Far from a full house inside the stadium, but 500 Huesca supporters have made the trip to the Camp Nou. Tonight is a good chance to see some youngsters for the hosts. Right, Barca get the first half of action underway.
As expected, it has not taken long for Barca to take control of the possession, with Bartra and Mascherano exchanging passes in the back four. Huesca might not see too much of the ball tonight.
Just a reminder that Barca won the first leg 4-0 and therefore only a minor miracle will stop the home side from progressing. Not too much to report in terms of chances in the opening four minutes, with Barca playing from side to side and waiting for their chance to strike the first blow.
CHANCE! Oh my good grief! Wonderful chance for the away side to take the lead as Sosa finds the head of Esnaider with a brilliant cross, but the striker nods wide of the post.
POST! Wow - Esnaider again! This time the Huesca striker meets a cross from Bernal, but his header clips the outside of the post. Where was the defending?! Incredible!
The two major chances thus far have gone to the away side, but Esnaider could not take advantage. Barcelona are down the left with Adriano, but his cross is too long for Montoya on the opposite side. Not the best of starts from the home side, who have been a little untidy in possession.
Esnaider is causing real problems at the moment as the Spaniard threatens to beat Mascherano to a through ball, but the Argentine just manages to scupper across and clear the danger. Huesca have been the better side in the opening 10 minutes, with Barca really untidy thus far.
Half-chance for the home side as Roberto flicks a cross from Iniesta towards the bottom corner, but Jimenez is on hand to make a smart save. Plenty happening at the Camp Nou.
Scardina is fortunate to escape a booking after swiping the leg of Rafinha, but it does hand Barcelona a free kick in a dangerous position. Iniesta will seemingly swing this one in...
... Iniesta does deliver, but the danger is cleared down field.
Well, Huesca can be pretty pleased with the opening 15 minutes this evening. The better chances have fallen to the visitors, but there are signs that Barca are starting to find their feet.
Half-chance for Barca as Roberto delivers a cross onto the head of Pedro, but the Spaniard's header was always straight into the arms of the goalkeeper. It is a very open match at the moment.
Jimenez is called into action once more as the Huesca goalkeeper gets down low to deny Roberto, who has been lively thus far. Barca are just starting to put their foot on the gas here.
CHANCE! Barca's best chance falls to Bartra as the centre-back turns inside the Huesca box before curling one towards goal, but Jimenez is on hand to make the save. Huesca are down the other end with Sosa moments later, but Iniesta is on hand to clear.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Huesca (Pedro)
Barcelona take the lead with 20 minutes on the clock as Munir beats the offside trap before firing a beautiful cross towards Pedro, who heads into the top corner. Lift-off for the hosts!
Barcelona are really on top at the moment as the home side continue to pass and probe in the final third. You have to fear for Huesca, with Barca now finding their tempo in forward positions.
Huesca remain a threat on the counter as Bernal delivers a dangerous cross towards the far post, but Bartra is on hand to make the clearance before Barca break down the other end. A half-chance comes to Pedro, but the Spaniard fires one high and wide from just outside the penalty box.
GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Huesca (Pedro)
Barca have their second of the match as Pedro collects a beautiful pass from Iniesta before finishing into the bottom corner. Simple goal for the hosts and that is indeed number two for Pedro.
Little over 15 minutes of the first period remaining and Barcelona lead 2-0 on the night and 6-0 on aggregate. Does anyone fancy a comeback from the away side? Me neither. Barca boss Luis Enrique will expect his side to score a few more goals this evening that is for certain.
GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Huesca (Roberto)
Barcelona have their third of the match as Montoya drills a low cross into Roberto, who chips one into the far corner. Too easy for the home side, who are absolutely running riot here.
Huesca just cannot keep the ball at the moment as Sosa plays a blind pass towards Mascherano, who simply collects and finds Adriano in aches down the left. The Brazilian cuts inside before eventually finding Iniesta, but Perez does manage to clear at the vital moment for Huesca.
Manolin tries his luck for the away side after finding some space outside the box, but his effort was always moving wide of the post. Down the other end, Scardina challenges Montoya at the final moment after the right-back had beaten the offside trap. Still 3-0 Barcelona on the night.
Pedro continues to cause problems in the final third as the Spaniard drives down the left before delivering towards Munir, but Galvez is on hand to clear for a corner.
Another half-chance for the home side as a blocked free kick falls to Montoya inside the box, but his effort is just wide of the post. As expected, Barca are in control of the possession here.
GOAL! Barcelona 4-0 Huesca (Iniesta)
Barca have their fourth of the night as Iniesta collects a pass from Samper before firing one into the bottom corner. Strong finish from the Spaniard. Is it over now? Possibly.
Just the nine goals needed for Huesca now if they are to turn this one around. Not much of an ask. Seriously though, it has been very impressive from Barca in the first period here.
CHANCE! Wonderful chance for the away side as Bernal finds himself in a one-on-one situation with Masip, but the midfielder slices his effort wide of the post.
GOAL! Barcelona 5-0 Huesca (Pedro, hat-trick)
Hat-trick for Pedro as the Spaniard dances into the box before firing into the top corner.
Just the 10 needed for Huesca now...
HALF-TIME: Barcelona 5-0 Huesca (Barca lead 9-0 on aggregate)
So there we have it. The referee brings the first period to an end with Barcelona leading 5-0 on the night and 9-0 on aggregate. Pedro has been the star of the show thus far, with the Spaniard grabbing a first-half hat-trick. Meanwhile, Roberto and Iniesta are also on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Barcelona have two exciting youngsters on their bench this evening, with Adama Traore
and Sandro Ramirez
both expected to feature in the second period. Huesca, meanwhile, have options in the shape of Josan Fernandez and Ramon Murillo.
Barcelona will of course advance into the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey this evening and their opponents will be either Real Valladolid or Elche. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will also meet in the tie of the round, meaning one big rival for Barca will be eliminated in the last-16 stage.
Here we go then. Both sets of players join us on the pitch for the second 45 minutes. It could yet get a lot worse for Huesca. Right, the away side get the second period underway in Barcelona.
SUB! Barca have made two changes at the break, with Douglas and Sandro entering the field in place of Iniesta and hat-trick hero Pedro.
Sosa appears to have a problem for the away side after going down under a challenge from Montoya, but the Spaniard does return to his feet moments later. The resulting free kick is delivered by Lucas, but there are no takers at the far post. Much better from the visitors there.
CHANCE! Montoya comes close to scoring a sixth for Barcelona after meeting a clipped pass from Roberto, but the right-back smashes the side netting for the hosts.
SAVE! Sandro finds some space outside the box before whipping one towards the top corner, but Jimenez is on hand to make a diving save. One-way traffic at the moment.
CHANCE! Another chance for the home side as Douglas drives down the right before finding Adriano inside the box, but his effort is high and wide. Somehow still 5-0 here.
Huesca just cannot keep the ball at the moment as the home side continue to search for a sixth goal. The visitors have been a slight threat on the counter, but just have not seen enough of the ball. Still no movement on the Huesca bench, which is strange at this stage of the match.
BOOKING! Manuel Sanchez (Huesca) goes into the book for a lunge on Rafinha.
Little over 30 minutes of this contest remaining and Barcelona still lead 5-0 on the night and 9-0 on aggregate. Barcelona continue to pass and probe in the final third, but have been a little untidy in possession. The hosts still have one permitted change remaining, while Huesca have three.
SUB! Huesca make their first change as Sosa is replaced by Jose Gaspar.
Not too much to report in terms of chances in the last few minutes, with Huesca finding a second wind from somewhere and closing the space each time Barcelona break into the final third.
Half-chance for Douglas as the Barca right-back is found by Samper, but the Brazilian's effort was always moving wide of the post. Little over 25 minutes of football remaining at the Camp Nou.
It is all a little untidy at the moment, with Barca struggling to find their tempo in the final third. Huesca will be pleased with their second-half performance until this point, but you still get the feeling that there are a couple more goals in this match. Little over 20 minutes of the clash remaining.
GOAL! Barcelona 6-0 Huesca (Adriano)
Barca have their sixth of the match as Adriano bursts onto a through pass from Samper before finishing into the top corner. Excellent work from the Brazilian.
CHANCE! Almost number seven for Barca as Sandro breaks onto a through pass from Bartra, but his low effort just moves wide of the post.
CHANCE! Another chance for Sandro following excellent work from Roberto, but once again the Spaniard fires wide of the post. The chances are really coming now.
SUB! Huesca make their second change as Ramon Murillo replaces Esnaider.
It is excellent from Rafinha as the Barca midfielder shows wonderful feet outside the box before feeding Douglas, but the defender cannot find a teammate with his low cross into the box.
SUB! Barca make their third change as Traore replaces Munir.
Little under 15 minutes of the second period remaining and Barcelona lead 6-0 on the night and 10-0 on aggregate. Huesca need just the 11 goals to advance into the next round.
Not too much to report in terms of chances in the last couple of minutes, but the home side remain in total control of proceedings as they continue to pass and probe in the final third of the field.
GOAL! Barcelona 7-0 Huesca (Traore)
A star is born! Wonderful from Traore as the forward drives past two defenders before finishing into the back of the net. Excellent work from the 18-year-old, who is some talent!
Little under 10 minutes of football remaining and there are a couple more goals in this if Barcelona want to extend Huesca';s misery. Just a reminder that the score currently stands at 11-0 on aggregate.
Huesca just cannot keep the ball at the moment as Barcelona go in search of more goals. Those inside the Camp Nou have enjoyed what they have seen this evening and it still is not over.
GOAL! Barcelona 8-0 Huesca (Sandro)
Barcelona have number eight as Sandro collects a beautiful pass from Rafinha before finishing into the bottom corner. Another excellent goal for the home side.
SUB! Huesca make their third change as Morillas replaces Cabezas.
GOAL! Barcelona 8-1 Huesca (Carlos David)
Goal for Huesca! The visitors have a goal here as Carlos David
finds the back of the net with a powerful header. That is a goal that he will remember for the rest of his career!
There was a warm applause inside the stadium after Huesca scored that goal, which is brilliant. That is what football should be about - respect. The score stands at 8-1 to Barcelona.
FULL-TIME: Barcelona 8-1 Huesca (Barca win 12-1 on aggregate)
So there we have it. The referee brings the second period to a close with Barcelona running out 8-1 winners on the night and 12-1 on aggregate. They are into the final 16 of the Copa del Rey. Thanks for joining Sports Mole for the action. Good evening!