Arda Turan hattrick hero again as Barcelona vs Hercules ended 7-0. The Turkish beast has scored his second hattrick of the season. His first ever hattrick in Spain was 2 weeks back when Barcelona outscored Celtic 4-0 at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona and Hercules came head to head in the round of 32 of Copa Del Rey 2016/17. The first leg of the two was played on 1st December 2016. The result on the final whistle was a disappointment for Luis Enrique. Although many of the regulars missed the game, but the presence of players like Arda Turan and Rafinha gave hopes to the Catalans.
The Catalans made a comeback in the second leg. 4 crucial players of the first team Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar Jr were out of the squad. The starting XI consisted of Cillessen, Alex Vidal, Umtiti, Mascherano, Lucas Digne, Ivan Rakitic, Andre Gomez, Denis Suarez, Turan, Rafinha, and Paco Alcacer. Lucas Digne scored his first ever goal for Barcelona and first of the night for the Catalans in the 36th minute. He became the first player to score his debut goal among the 6 signings this season. It was just a matter of 7 minutes when Barcelona doubled their lead. Ivan Rakitic converted a penalty into a goal. Until the first 45 minutes, Barcelona was 2 goals ahead in the aggregate score.
The real show started in the second half. Rafinha scored in the 5th minute of the second half. He converted a wonderful assist from Arda Turan into the goal. After assisting 1, Arda scored one himself through a brilliant header. In the 73rd minute of the game, Paco Alcacer scored his first ever goal for Barcelona. Previously, Paco missed a number of chances. And being a striker, he was unable to get even a single goal this entire season.
Arda Turan Hattrick Hero-Barcelona vs Hercules 7-0
In the remaining time of the game, Arda Turan scored 2 more goals and completed a hattrick. It was ended a fine night of Barcelona and Luis Enrique as they dominated the game without their key players.