Messi marks Barca return with 2 goals vs. Getafe

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014
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MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi marked his return from a near two-month injury absence by coming off the bench to score two late goals as Barcelona beat Getafe 4-0 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

While Cesc Fabregas also scored twice, the atmosphere at the far-from-capacity Camp Nou only picked up with Messi's entrance as a substitute in the 64th minute.

The Argentina forward showed no after-effects from a torn left hamstring.

"I felt good in training and even if they checked me thoroughly, once you get on the field it's totally different," Messi said. "Physically I felt good, I didn't feel any discomfort in my muscle."

"I played through injury," Messi said of the buildup to his 59-day absence, when he was bothered by various problems. "But I did well to get through all of this. And now I'm motivated to make this a great year."

Messi slotted home Martin Montoya's lay-off inside the area on the stroke of stoppage time before capping a typical run through the opponent's defense with a rising shot into the back of the net moments later.

"Messi's career is like a movie script," Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said. "When you think he's down, he scores goals within just two or three minutes. His game was like a summary of his entire career here."

Pedro Rodriguez found Fabregas inside the area with a well-placed cross to head home the ninth-minute opener, and Fabregas later doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in front of 39,299 fans at the 100,000-capacity stadium.

Barcelona was without forward Neymar because of a stomach bug. The game was watched by the team's former coach Tito Vilanova, who showed the effects of his cancer treatment.

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