Lionel Messi scored one objective and set up an alternate to help Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey elimination round.
Messi netted from Luis Suarez's pass after the Uruguay striker had won the ball back in the 41st moment at Camp Nou Stadium.
Dug in the first half, Villarreal set out for some searching for an objective after the break and leveled through substitute Manuel Trigueros' rankling strike in the 48th.
However Andres Iniesta responded in due order regarding the hosts a moment later before Gerard Pique headed in Messi's corner kick in the 64th.
Neymar could have expanded Barcelona's winning edge yet had his extra shot spared by Sergio Asenjo.
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