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Lionel Messi's goal total for the year increased to 88 as Barcelona defeated Cordoba in a Copa del Rey match
Lionel Messi scored two goals to up his total to 88 for the calendar year as Barcelona took a 2-0 victory over Cordoba in a Copa del Rey match Wednesday.
Messi scored in the 11th and 74th minutes in his first appearance in the tournament this season. Jordi Alba, Pedro, Gerard Pique and Xavi also made their Copa del Rey debuts at Estadio Nuevo Arcángel. Messi snapped Gerd Mueller's goal-scoring record with two goals against Real Betis in a league game last weekend.
Barcelona defeated Alavés to reach the round of 16 and Cordoba got past Real Sociedad.
Córdoba: Saizar, Fernández, Gaspar, Caballero, Fuentes, Aguilar, Pedro, Fede Vico, Dubarbier, López Garai, Rennella
Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Song, Thiago; Pedro, Messi, Villa.