Barcelona start Copa del Rey title defense with emphatic win against Real Murcia

Barcelona start Copa del Rey title defense with emphatic win against Real Murcia

- Barcelona have started their Copa del Rey 2017/2018 campaign with a first leg win against Real Murcia

- Alcacer, Deulofeu and Arnaiz were on target for the current Copa del Rey champions

- Messi, Suarez, Iniesta and Busquets were not listed for the game

Barcelona started their Copa del Rey title defense with an emphatic 3-0 win over third-tier Real Murcia in the first leg of their last-32 tie, on Tuesday, October 24.

Goals from Francisco Alcacer, Gerard Deulofeu and Jose Arnaiz helped the Spanish giants make a bright start in a competition they have won in recent times.

Barcelona start Copa del Rey title defense with win against Real Murcia

Alena in action for Barcelona. Photo: @FCBarcelona

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Alcacer opened the scoring in the 41st minute with a beautiful header from a Deulofeu cross.

Deulofeu soon after got his name on the scoresheet with a beauty in the 52nd minute. He dribbled his way past his marker before a smart finish to beat the goalkeeper.

Barcelona start Copa del Rey title defense with win against Real Murcia

Deulofeu celebrates his goal for Barcelona. Photo: @FCBarcelona

Debutant Arnaiz scored another brilliant goal in the 56th minute to give Barcelona a 3-0 lead.

That was how the game ended as the Barcelona team without Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets put up a good performance to take a 3-0 first leg win to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey in each of the last three seasons including that of 2016/2017 and they are looking to make it four times in a roll.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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