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Barcelona score rare away victory in the Copa del Rey


Thierry Henry, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Bojan Krkic scored and FC Barcelona beat third-division Alcoyano 3-0 in a first-leg match of the fourth round of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.

Third-division Denia drew cup holders Sevilla 1-1 and Athletic Bilbao came from behind for a 2-2 draw at first-division Hercules.

Henry swiped the ball into goal in the 25th minute after reaching Andres Iniesta's instinctive backheel inside the area.

The Catalan club put away the game in the last five minutes, with Gudjohnsen scoring his first of the campaign from the penalty spot and Krkic knocking in Xavi Hernandez's long-range cross at the far post on the stroke of injury time.

At Denia's Nou Camp stadium, substitute Ernesto Chevanton finally put Sevilla in front with his header in the 76th minutes, only for Pablo Vidal to reply a minute later from a corner kick.

Hercules took a two-goal lead into halftime thanks to Miguel Angel Llera and Alvaro Camara, then Athletic Bilbao scored twice in five minutes through Fernando Llorente in the 72nd minute before former Chelsea defender Asier del Horno tied it.

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard fielded a near full strength team for their match, with defender Rafael Marquez returning to the backline and nearly scoring against Alcoyano from a free kick in the seventh minute.

Barcelona predictably created most of the chances at the 4,500-capacity El Callao, Gudjohnsen shooting wide of the far post twice in the 42nd and 50th minutes.

Barcelona forward Giovani Dos Santos was stretchered off early in the second half with an apparent ankle injury.

Alcoyano, reduced to nine men in injury time, threatened but came close only in the 22nd minute when Barcelona's second-choice goalkeeper Albert Fortia denied a long-range header.

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