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Barcelona struggle to cup victory

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  • Thierry Henry is on target as Barcelona beat Alcoyano 3-0 in the Spanish Cup
  • Meanwhile, cup holders Sevilla are held to a 1-1 draw at third division Denia
  • Athletic Bilbao avoid an upset by drawing 2-2 at second division side Hercules

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MADRID, Spain -- Thierry Henry helped Barcelona claim a rare away win, but they were far from impressive in seeing off third division side Alcoyano 3-0 in Tuesday's Spanish Cup round of 32 first leg clash.

Henry was on target as Barcelona eventually defeated Alcoyano 3-0 in the Spanish Cup.

Henry -- who played despite French coach Raymond Domenech asking for him to be released to join the national squad for their Euro 2008 qualifier -- opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

However, Barcelona, who lost at Getafe on Saturday and have earned just six points away from home this season, could not finish their opponents off and had to wait until late in the game to confirm their superiority.

Eidur Gudjohnsen added a second from the penalty spot in the 89th minute and rising teenage star Bojan Krkic added a third deep in injury time.

In other matches, holders Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at third division Denia, while Athletic Bilbao avoided an upset by recovering from 2-0 behind to draw 2-2 at second division Hercules. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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