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.