Neymar scores 2, Barca into Copa semis

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Neymar's two-goal performance to help knock Atletico Madrid out of the Copa del Rey showed why Barcelona spared no expense to win the bidding war for the young Brazil striker.

With his hard-to-match speed and quick dribbling, Neymar scored from two counterattacks started by Lionel Messi to lead Barcelona to a 3-2 win and into the semifinals on a 4-2 aggregate score on Wednesday.

"Neymar had an outstanding performance," said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. "He is daring. He provides us with so many things with his goals and his ability to challenge on the dribble."


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