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Messi scores twice in return from 2-month layoff

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from a two-month layoff caused by a leg injury, helping Barcelona beat Getafe 4-0 Wednesday night in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's fifth round.

Sidelined since Nov. 10 by a torn left hamstring, Messi replaced Andres Iniesta in the 61st minute and scored in the 87th off a pass from Martin Montoya. He added his 16th goal in 17 games this season in stoppage time.

The four-time FIFA player of the year has missed 12 matches this season because of leg injuries.

Cesc Fabregas put Barcelona ahead in the seventh minute and converted a penalty kick in the 61st, giving him 11 goals this season.

The second leg of the total-goals series is at Getafe on Jan. 16.