Messi scores twice as Barcelona beats Cordoba 2-0
MADRID (AP) -Lionel Messi scored his 87th and 88th goals of the year Wednesday to give Barcelona a 2-0 win at Cordoba in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Copa del Rey.
Having broken German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year on Sunday, Messi added to his tally in the 11th minute by tapping into an empty net from David Villa's pass.
Messi received a cross from Alexis Sanchez to score his 21st double of 2012 in the 74th.
Also in the last 16, Sevilla trounced Mallorca 5-0. Later, Atletico Madrid hosts crosstown rival Getafe and Celta Vigo entertains Real Madrid.
In the last 32, Eibar advanced on the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao for the same overall score.