Sandro hat trick as Barcelona crush Villanovense in Copa del Rey

Sandro's hat trick helped Barcelona to a 6-1 win on Wednesday.
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Sandro Ramirez helped himself to a hat-trick as Barcelona cruised into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 6-1 win over Segunda B strugglers Villanovense at the Nou Camp.

Luis Enrique's men had been held to a goalless draw in the first leg at the end of last month but despite making eight changes from the win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, they made no mistake second time round.

Villanovense went into the game on the back of five straight league losses since their heroic first leg performance, and the gulf in class was apparent from the moment Dani Alves fired home from outside the box with four minutes gone.

Munir bent a shot just wide before a dreadful error by visiting keeper Jose Fuentes allowed Ramirez in to grab his opening goal in the 20th minute.

Remarkably the visitors briefly reduced the deficit eight minutes later when Juanfran fired a superb finish past Barcelona's third keeper Jordi Masip, but normal service was soon resumed.

Within three minutes Aitor had sent through Ramirez for his second, and six minutes into the second half it was finally Munir's turn to get his name on the scoresheet when he drifted into the box to head home a Mathieu cross.

The one-sided nature of the night continued with Munir bringing a brilliant save out of Fuentes before Ramirez completed his hat-trick after 70 minutes following good work by Adriano.

And there was also time for Munir to grab his second when Ramirez turned provider, beating the visitors' defence and tricking Fuentes with an audacious back-heel to serve his teammate the simplest of chances.