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Video: Lionel Messi scores for Barcelona after defence-splitting Frenkie de Jong pass left Griezmann to put the ball on a plate for Argentine vs Vallecano

In the 68th minute of the Copa del Rey encounter against Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona drew level thanks to a wonderfully-threaded pass from Frenkie de Jong.

The Dutchman collected the ball behind the halfway line, charged forward and then played it through to Antoine Griezmann – picking out a smart run from the Frenchman.

With Griezmann well in the clear, all that was left to do was square the ball over to Lionel Messi, who made no mistake as he tapped the ball into the back of the net.

This came just six minutes after the Catalan giants found themselves falling behind in a shock moment, as they were caught out on the counter and failed to deal with a low cross into the box.

Pictures from Premier Sports and L’Equipe.

Ronald Koeman’s side now look safe from an upset exit at the Round of 16 stages, with the Blaugrana bagging after a flawless move.

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