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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Barca's Copa defense begins with rout

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Barcelona got its Copa del Rey title defense off to a flying start with a 3-0 away victory over third-tier Alaves.

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 halftime.

Cesc Fabregas ensured Barca would take a healthy advantage to the Nou Camp in next month's return leg with a third late in the game.

Barcelona didn't even dress Lionel Messi or Xavi against the Second Division B team.

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

After the host team initially held firm, Jonas headed in from a Daniel Parejo cross on the stroke of halftime.

Nelson Valdez managed to get on the end of a Parejo delivery to wrap up the scoring on 68 minutes.

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.




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