Lionel Messi scored his 87th and 88th goals of the year Wednesday to give Barcelona a 2-0 win at second-tier club Cordoba in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Copa del Rey.
Having broken German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year on Sunday, Messi added to his tally in the 11th minute by tapping into an empty net from David Villa's pass.
Pedro Rodriguez controlled the ball in midfield and delivered a perfectly weighted long pass to the flank for Villa to cross. As goalkeeper Mikel Saizar fell to the ground, Messi tapped the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.
Messi received a cross from Alexis Sanchez to beat Saizar and score his 21st double of 2012 in the 74th. The Argentina forward has now scored two goals in each of the last seven matches he has started.
The 20,000 fans who filled Cordoba's Municipal del Arcangel stadium cheered Messi as he came on the field.
Cordoba began by launching aggressive runs deep into Barcelona's half, and g...