Barcelona were able to take away a 2-0 win against third-tier Cordoba on Wednesday night. However, the game was not subject to pure domination from La Blaugrana (via Goal).
The pitch was a major factor for the limitations of Barcelona. Going to a stadium such as this should always be humbling to the expensive players of huge teams.
Barcelona lost the ball way too many times and clearly struggled at stretches of the game. Cordoba also saw a goal called back correctly for an overzealous attacker. The goal would have made things even more difficult for La Blaugrana.
The game would see the magical form of Messi take over, though, as the Argentine scored a brace to give Barcelona the advantage entering the return leg in January.
Every game has points to take away, but some give deeper lessons. Let's take a look at a few thoughts from the Barcelona win.