Watch: Beautiful Lionel Messi pass creates Frenkie de Jong winner
Ten points behind leaders Atletico Madrid in La Liga, having also played a game more than Diego Simeone’s men, the Copa del Rey appears a more realistic chance for domestic silverware for Barcelona this season.
Drawn against Rayo in the round of 16, Barca were big favourites to progress but made heavy weather of their victory against the lower division opposition.
Despite the likes of Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Busquets named in the starting XI, Rayo took the lead in the second half as Fran Garcia opened the scoring in the 63rd minute.
Any fears of an upset were eased when Messi equalised six minutes later. The forward then produced a sublime pass, allowing Jordi Alba to tee up Frenkie de Jong for the winner in the 80th minute.
He really is quite good, y’know?
Messi creates the play and De Jong finishes it 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jToTIkq2hH
— MessiTeam (@Lionel10Team) January 27, 2021