Barcelona survived a Copa del Rey scare against third-tier Linares

Barcelona survived a Copa del Rey scare against third-tier Linares.

Barcelona survived a Copa del Rey scare against third-tier Linares on Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory.

Alves, 38, made his second debut after being forced to wait for the January registration window to open following his November signing.

However, the Spanish underdogs snatched an unexpected half-time lead thanks to Hugo Diaz.

Barca avoided the agony of a third-round elimination thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Jutgla.

After starting with a second string line-up against a side 14th in the Primera Division Group 2, Xavi introduced Dembele, Gerard Pique, and Frenkie de Jong at half-time to help turn the tie around.

Right-back Alves retired from the Nou Camp in 2016 after winning six La Liga titles and three Champions League titles.

With 43 senior trophies, he is the most decorated footballer of all time, having also won league titles with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as two Copa Americas with Brazil.

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