BARCELONA — Andres Iniesta celebrated being named on the shortlist for the Fifa World Player of the Year award with a glorious goal for Barcelona as the holders won 3-0 at Alaves in a King’s Cup last-32 first leg on Tuesday.
Report by Reuters
The Spain playmaker, who struck the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, had limited space on the edge of the area when he curled a delicate shot into the top corner to double Barca’s lead after 50 minutes.
Alaves reached the final of the Uefa Cup in 2001 and now play their football in the third tier of Spanish football, but battled hard against a BarÇa side who were without the rested Lionel Messi.
They faded, however, after Iniesta fed David Villa to slam a shot in off the crossbar just before half time.
Earlier, Valencia ran out 2-0 winners over another Segunda B side Llagostera thanks to a brace of set-piece goals on a rain-lashed artificial pitch.