Turkish midfielder Arda Turan has played and won in his three matches with Barcelona after being sidelined for six months because of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban on the Catalan club. Barcelona beat Espanyol 2-0 on Wednesday to ease into the Copa del Rey's quarter-finals with a 6-1 victory on aggregate. Turan stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes for the first time and contributed to the win in a solid performance. Munir El Haddadi scored both goals. Lionel Messi, two days after collecting his record fifth Ballon d'Or award, played El Haddadi through with a long pass to score Barcelona's opener in the 32nd minute. The 20-year-old El Haddadi netted his second with two minutes left.
"This is good for Munir, the fact that he participated in many facets today," coach Luis Enrique said about the little-used forward. "He has a knack for scoring." El Haddadi capped a lifeless second half when he steered in Aleix Vidal's cross after Arda Turan had played the winger wide. After two ill-tempered derbies in the past two weeks, a 0-0 draw in the Spanish league before Barcelona's 4-1 first-leg win that featured 20 yellow cards and two reds, the return match at the RCDE Stadium was a tame affair, only brought to life by Messi. Barcelona were already without Luis Suarez, suspended for two matches for his insults directed at Espanyol's players, and Luis Enrique left Neymar and Gerard Pique on the bench. Pique had taunted Espanyol's fans after the first leg. Neymar, meanwhile, was rested hours after a judge summoned him for questioning in an investigation into the Brazil striker's transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.
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