Henry leads Barca in rare away win
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France striker Thierry Henry helped Barcelona to a rare away win this term as they claimed a far from impressive 3-0 victory over third division Alcoyano in their Spanish Cup round of 32 first leg clash.

Henry - who French national coach Raymond Domenech had asked be released to join the squad along with two other French players from Barca prior to the tie - opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

However, Barcelona - who had been the subject of plenty of press criticism since losing last Saturday to unheralded Getafe leaving them with just six points away from home this term - couldn't finish off the first leg till very late.

Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen - hardly a stunning success since leaving the London side over a season ago - added a second from the penalty spot in the 89th minute and then rising teenage star Bojan Krkic a third in the fifth minute of added on time.

Barcelona fared better than two fellow First Division sides as both two-time UEFA Cup defending champions and Spanish Cup holders Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao (who are second in the alltime list of Spanish Cup winners with 23 to Barcelona's 24) were held to away draws - Sevilla drawing 1-1 away at third division Denia and Athletic Bilbao coming from 2-0 down to tie 2-2 with Second Division Hercules.