Copa del Rey: Barcelona beat Villanovense silly

Barcelona's forward Sandro Ramirez (R) vies with Villanovense's midfielder Curro (L) during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) Round of 32 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs CF Villanovense at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Barcelona eased into the next round of the Copa del Rey with an emphatic 6-1 victory over third division side Villanovense in the second leg of their Round of 32 clash on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou with Sandro Ramirez grabbing a hat trick.

It gave the Catalonians a 6-1 win on aggregate following the goalless draw in the first leg played in October.

Sandro scored a hat trick, Munir added a brace and Dani Alves had a strike against a Villanovense side that showed good quality despite their third-division category.

As expected, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique rotated his squad and sent out a starting XI with Jordi Masip in goal, Dani Alves, Marc Bartra, Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu in defense, a midfield consisting of Javier Mascherano, Sergi Samper and Adriano and in attack a young trio of Aitor, Sandro and Munir.

It didn’t Barcelona much time at all to open the scoring, as Alves rifled in a shot from distance that got the best of José Fuentes in the fourth minute to hand Barcelona a 1-0 lead.

Another error from Fuentes gifted Barcelona their second, as the visiting goalkeeper tried to play a ball out with his feet and delivered it right to Sandro, who had an easy sweep into goal in the 21st minute to make it a 2-0 lead.

Juanfran gathered a simple pass outside the Barcelona area and unleashed a bullet that Masip had no chance of stopping for an absolutely brilliant goal to put Villanovense right back in the tie in the 30th minute.

Unfortunately for the visitors, though, the celebration barely lasted a minute, as Barcelona struck right back, with Aitor slipping a ball into Sandro who fired in past Fuentes to restore the two-goal advantage.

After watching fellow striker Sandro score twice in the first half, Munir decided to get in on the act and tallied a goal for himself in the 51st minute by heading in a Mathieu cross from the left to stretch Barcelona’s lead to 4-1.

Sandro then answered his strike partner and tallied his third of the night to earn himself a hat trick in the 70th minute. After Samper did some nice work to elude the Villanovense defense with a cut back pass.

Seven minutes later Sandro got to play the role of provider, as his backheel found Munir and the 20-year-old forward slotted a shot into an open net to give Barcelona the 6-1 final.

Barcelona will now turn attention to Saturday’s La Liga action against Gary Neville’s Valencia away from home.