The goal was Messi’s 435th for Barcelona, this after tallying 65 for Argentina’s national team and youth squads. It was also the second of the game for the five-time FIFA Ballon D’Or winner, and he would go on to complete the hat trick at Valencia’s expense.
Messi actually had a chance to score his 500th goal earlier in the game, but he gave a penalty-shot opportunity to Neymar. The Brazilian hit the post with his effort, just about the only thing that went wrong for Barcelona all day.
Not to be outdone, at least on Wednesday, Suarez netted all four of the other goals Barcelona scored. Given that the game was the first leg in a semifinal series, Messi and Co. can feel assured of a spot in the Cope del Rey final, where they will face either Sevilla or Celta Vigo.