Video: Dani Alves thunderbolt gives Barcelona lead over Villanovense in dramatic tie

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Dani Alves opened the scoring in the fourth minute to give Barcelona the lead over Villanovense in the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash.

The Catalonian heavyweights were held 0-0 by the minnows in the first leg of the bout in Extremadura at the end of October, but headed into the second leg as overwhelming favourites to secure a big victory over lower-league opponents.

Beyond the difference in status, Barcelona headed into the clash in fine fettle; not only did they demolish Real Madrid away in the Clasico, they also dissected AS Roma 6-1 in the Champions League and then hit four past Real Sociedad last weekend.

Villanovense, who play in the third tier of Spanish football, are not accustomed to playing against the likes of Barca, and even with Luis Enrique playing a second-string side, were not tipped by many to give their illustrious opponents any trouble, particularly in the imposing surroundings of the Camp Nou.

As per the forecast, the minnows were behind after only four minutes when Dani Alves, trying his luck from distance, hit a long-range effort into the Villanovense net.

Barca doubled their lead on 21 minutes when Sandro Ramirez profited from a horrific pass from goalkeeper Jose Fuentes, but the visitors responded through Juanfran Guarnido with a long-range effort on 29 minutes.

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While this effort halved the deficit, and put the visitors back in the tie, Sandro bagged a third just after the half-hour mark to restore Barcelona’s advantage.

Stay tuned to Caught Offside for further highlights and the post-match reaction.

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