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Barca bounce back with Messi, Neymar and Suarez all among the goals

The trio struck as Luis Enrique’s side responded to their La Liga defeat on Sunday by producing a one-sided demolition of Elche.

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey The Barca players hug goalscorer Messi. Source: AP/Press Association Images

LIONEL MESSI, NEYMAR and Luis Suarez all found the back of the net as Barcelona destroyed Elche 5-0 in the first-leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie.

The breakthrough came on 34 minutes when Neymar side-footed home from close range and they turned on the style as Suarez and a Messi penalty made it 3-0 at half-time.

Jordi Alba made it four early in the second half before Neymar added his second in the 59th minute to complete the scoring.

The victory eases the pressure on coach Luis Enrique, who came in for criticism after dropping Messi to the bench as the Catalans were beaten 1-0 by Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.

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