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Messi adds another double to record books as Barca cruise

Published 13/12/2012 | 05:00

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring to extend his record-breaking tally for 2012 to 88

Lionel Messi scored twice to extend his record tally for 2012 to 88 and earn Barcelona a 2-0 win at second-division Cordoba in their King's Cup last-16 first leg tie.

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On Sunday, the World Player of the Year overhauled Gerd Mueller's best for a calendar year of 85 set in 1972, and he opened the scoring in the 11th minute at Cordoba's Arcangel stadium when he clipped the ball into the net off the underside of the crossbar from close range.

Fielding a near full-strength team, the holders went 2-0 up when Thiago Alcantara sent Messi (above) clear on the left in the 74th minute and he finished low to the corner.

Last year's runners-up Athletic Bilbao were dumped out by third-tier Eibar on away-goals after a 1-1 draw. Mikel Arruabarrena's 72nd-minute penalty for Eibar, who had held Bilbao to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, knocked their Basque neighbours out.

Sevilla virtually assured themselves of a berth in the last eight when they crushed Real Mallorca 5-0, Alvaro Negredo scoring twice, while Valencia moved closer to a place in the quarter-finals by beating Osasuna 2-0.

Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Celta Vigo, however, Cristiano Ronaldo's 86th minute strike gave them hope for the return leg next month.

Irish Independent

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