Usually left out of the starting 11 in recent weeks, David Villa made a statement here Thursday, scoring twice to lead FC Barcelona to a 5-0 rout of Cordoba and set up a meeting with Malaga in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Barça came into the match with a 2-0 lead after winning the first leg and the decision to rest Messi, Iniesta and Xavi gave Villa a chance to show what he could do.
After Alexis misfired on a chance in the first 60 seconds, Thiago opened the scoring with a goal in the 17th minute.
Villa struck twice within a five-minute period to bring the score to 3-0 less than a third of the way through regulation.
Alexis, meanwhile, went on to redeem his earlier mistake by knocking in two goals in the second half.
Atletico Madrid, riding on a 3-0 cushion after the first leg, settled for a scoreless tie with Getafe and will now gear up for a quarterfinal duel with Real Betis, who beat Las Palmas 1-0 to advance on an aggregate score of 2-1.
The other quarterfinal matchups are Zaragoza-Sevilla and Real Madrid-Valencia. EFE