No Messi, Neymar: Barcelona v Elche Live Scores

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(Sporting Alert) — Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have all been rested for tonight’s Spanish Copa del Rey 5th round clash at Elche.

Elche v Barcelona: Live Copa del Rey

The Spanish giants leads the tie 5-0, following their comfortable victory in the first leg at the Cam Nou last week.

Pedro, Adama Traore and El Haddadi Munir are among the starters tonight for Luis Enrique side, which sees 11 changes to the team.

Adriano, Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya and fit-again Jeremy Mathieu, Sergi Roberto and Rafinha were also in the starting XI.

Alen Halilovic is named to the substitution bench and he is expected to play some part as the game progresses.

Center-back Gerard Pique and midfielder Ivan Rakitic are two of the first team regulars named to the bench, with Douglas also available if needed.

Meanwhile, Cristian Herrera is among the starters tonight for Elche, who makes nine changes for this second leg tie.

The winner of the tie will move on to face Atletico Madrid, who defeated Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate after the two sides finished 2-2 in their second leg clash earlier tonight.

Leading 5-0 coming into this game, it’s hard to look beyond Barcelona cruising away with this one to setup the clash with Atletico.

Elche: Manu, David Lomban, Jose Peral, Cristian Herrera, Edu Albacar, Sergio Pelegrin, Alvaro, Mario Pasalic, Rafael Galvez, Franco Fragapane, Coro Subs: Pol, Enzo Roco, Domingo Cisma, Aaron, Adrian, Faycal Fajr, Mohamed Traore.

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Adriano, Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, Jeremy Mathieu, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Gerard Gumbau,Pedro, Adama Traore, El Haddadi Munir. Subs: Jordi Masip, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Douglas, Alen Halilovic, Edgar Miguel le, Diawandou Diagne.

Reporting by WALTER-HOYOS

Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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