MADRID (AFP) – Pedro gave Barcelona coach Luis Enrique a reminder of his talents on Tuesday with a hat-trick in the Spanish giant s 8-1 second leg thrashing of third tier Huesca to secure a 12-1 aggregate win in their last 32 Copa del Rey tie.
Pedro, who has largely been relegated to the bench for Liga and Champions League games since Uruguayan Luis Suarez long suspension ended, scored with a header, despite being off balance, a neat left-footed shot and then a bullet of a right-foot effort all the goals coming in a 23 minute period of the first-half.
The treble took his tally for the season to five.
Sergi Roberto, Andres Iniesta, Adriano, Adama Traore and Sandro also got on the scoresheet as a far from first choice Barcelona gave Enrique a much needed healthy win, albeit against lower league opposition, after the disappointment of the 0-0 draw with Getafe in La Liga at the weekend.
Barcelona, who join fellow La Liga rivals Real Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia in the last 16, will play either Elche or Valladolid in the next round.