Copa del Rey review

Barca start campaign with ease

October 30, 2012

Barcelona got their Copa del Rey title defence off to a flying start with a 3-0 win away to third-tier Alaves.

Barcelona are defending Copa del Rey champions
GettyImagesBarcelona are defending Copa del Rey champions

David Villa fired Barca ahead on 40 minutes when his strike crashed off the crossbar and over the line before Andres Iniesta added breathing space shortly after half-time. Cesc Fabregas ensured Barca would take a healthy advantage to the Nou Camp in next month's return leg with a third late on.

Valencia also beat Segunda Division B opposition as they cast Llagostera aside 2-0 at Estadi Municipal.

After the hosts initially held firm, Jonas headed in from a Daniel Parejo cross on the stroke of half-time. Nelson Valdez managed to get on the end of a Parejo delivery to wrap up the scoring on 68 minutes.