MADRID (AP) – Andres Iniesta scored once and provided two assists to help Barcelona romp to a 4-0 rout of third-tier Huesca in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 12th minute when he struck a free kick into the top left corner beyond Huesca goalkeeper Daniel Jimenez’s reach.
Iniesta, who returned from an injury sustained in his team’s 3-1 loss at Real Madrid on Oct 25, netted four minutes later after he latched onto Rakitic’s pass.
“We’re confident in what we do and I think this will take us closer to success,” said Iniesta.
“Our effectiveness and the way we played this game made us feel quite relaxed,” he said.
“What’s important is that the players who are in the squad are well equipped to play because titles aren’t won by just five or six, but by a whole team.”
Barcelona reserve goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made an athletic save from Tyronne del Pino in the 32nd and looked solid throughout the match.
Pedro Rodriguez controlled Iniesta’s pass, ran forward and unleashed a powerful shot inside the near post in the 39th before Rafinha deflected his shot off Alex Garcia into goal for Barcelona’s fourth in the 72nd.