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Messi keeps on scoring as Barca win at Cordoba in King's Cup

Published on Dec 13, 2012 6:28 AM
Barcelona's Lionel Messi follows the ball during the 1st leg of a last-16 Copa del Rey soccer match against Cordoba at Arcangel stadium in, Córdoba, Spain on Wendesday, Dec 12, 2012. -- PHOTO : AP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi scored two goals to extend his record tally for 2012 to 88 and earn holders Barcelona a 2-0 win at second-division Cordoba in their King's Cup last-16 first leg on Wednesday.

But last year's runners-up Athletic Bilbao were dumped out by third-tier Eibar on away goals.

On Sunday, World Player of the Year Messi overhauled Gerd Mueller's best for a calendar year of 85 set in 1972, and he opened the scoring in the 11th minute at Cordoba's Arcangel stadium when he clipped the ball into the net off the underside of the crossbar from close in from a David Villa centre.

Fielding a near full-strength team despite the lowly opposition, Barca controlled the game in the second half before Thiago Alcantara sent Messi clear on the left in the 74th minute and he finished low into the corner.

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