Fri, Nov 30, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Villa passes 300 goals as Barcelona progress in Cup

Reuters, MADRID

David Villa took his career goals tally to 301 when he netted twice as holders Barcelona eliminated third-tier Alaves 6-1 on aggregate to qualify for the last 16 of the King’s Cup on Wednesday.

The striker clipped a free-kick into the top corner in the 56th minute at the Camp Nou and smashed home Cristian Tello’s layoff three minutes later as Barca came from behind to win the second leg 3-1.

Coach Tito Vilanova took the chance to give some time on the pitch to players returning from injury and some promising youngsters and rested regulars including Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.

After Barca had won last month’s first leg at Alaves 3-0, the Basque club took a surprise 17th-minute lead when Borja Viguera nodded past Jose Manuel Pinto.

Adriano leveled in the 35th minute when he exchanged passes with Thiago Alcantara and sidefooted past Alaves goalkeeper Sergio Herrera before Villa struck twice after the break.

Levante won 4-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate but were given a scare by Melilla when they conceded an early goal to the third-tier side that would have sent them crashing out.

Melilla won the first leg 1-0 and were leading 2-1 on aggregate until goals from Roger Marti, Michel and Vicente Iborra from the penalty spot sent Valencia-based Levante through.

Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Valencia all reached the last 16 but Espanyol were thrashed 3-0 at home by Sevilla, the Andalusians progressing 6-1 on aggregate.

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