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Neymar helps Barcelona march on toward last 16

UNDERDOGS RISE:Second-division minnows Alcorcon, who shocked Real Madrid 4-0 in 2009, erased a 2-0 first-leg loss to top-flight Granada before winning on penalties

AP, BARCELONA, Spain

Neymar scored his sixth goal in seven days to cap Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Cartagena on Tuesday as they advanced in the Copa del Rey on a 7-1 aggregate score.

With the round-of-32 matchup practically decided after Barcelona’s 4-1 victory in the first leg, the match lacked pace at the start and Cartagena’s Diego Segura almost snatched a goal for the third-division side when he curled a free-kick off the upright in the 28th minute.

However, three minutes later Pedro Rodriguez scored his third goal of the series, before Cristian Tello’s deflected shot sneaked inside the post in the 68th.

Neymar rose over his marker to head home Andres Iniesta’s cross in the 88th and record his first goal in the competition. The Brazil striker scored a hat-trick against Celtic last week and he netted twice against Villarreal over the weekend.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol played his first game at the Camp Nou in nine months after being sidelined by injuries.

“It’s always important to play well at home and we made sure to finish off the tie,” Pedro said.

Barcelona are next to face Getafe after they brushed aside second-division Girona 4-1 to go through 5-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona first travel to Madrid to play Getafe on Sunday in the Spanish league, before they meet twice more in the cup next month.

Getafe cruised to the win at home on goals by Pablo Sarabia, Adrian Colunga, Angel Lafita and Lisandro Lopez.

Alcorcon, the minnows who shocked Real Madrid 4-0 in 2009, fought back on the road to erase a 2-0 first-leg loss to Granada before bettering the top-flight side on penalties.

The second-division team forced extra-time after goals by defenders Hector Verdes in the 42nd and Alberto Gomez in the 83rd to level the aggregate score at 2-2.

Alcorcon showed more mettle in the shootout, which went to a sixth round before Granada center back Jeison Murillo launched his spot-kick over the bar.

Also, CA Osasuna eliminated Malaga on away goals after a 1-1 draw, earning the Pamplona-based side a possible meeting with Real Madrid in the round-of-16.

Osasuna, who had rallied from a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 in the first leg, went ahead through Malaga defender Weligton’s own goal seconds into the match. Malaga forward Eliseu Pereira leveled with a long strike in the 61st, but Bernd Schuster’s team fell one goal short.

“The first goal was a shame,” Schuster said. “We had conceded before we even touched the ball.”

Real Madrid were to host third-division Xativa Olimpic yesterday, after being held to a 0-0 draw in their first game.

Villarreal forward Jeremy Perbet curled the ball in off the post in the 58th to claim a 1-0 win at Elche, sending his team through 3-2 on aggregate.

Levante UD routed Recreativo Huelva 4-0 at home to easily overturn their 1-0 first-leg loss.

Simao Mate headed in Levante’s first goal four minutes in, with Ruben Garcia, Andreas Ivanschitz and David Barral following suit against their second-division opponent.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid were to host Sant Andreu yesterday after winning their first game 4-0.

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