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Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Picture credit Albert Gea/REUTERS

Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Picture credit Albert Gea/REUTERS

Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Picture credit Albert Gea/REUTERS

LIONEL MESSI capped his long-awaited return from injury with two late goals from the substitutes bench as Barcelona recorded a 4-0 win over Getafe in the Copa del Rey last 16 first leg last night.

Messi, who returned to Barca last week after completing the last stage of his recovery from a thigh operation in his native Argentina, replaced Andres Iniesta in the 64th minute, just after midfielder Cesc Fabregas had scored his second of the night from the penalty spot.

Messi found the back of the net when Sergio Busquets floated a ball to Martin Montoya, with the striker pouncing on the rebound from goalkeeper Jordi Codina.

The returning star then added his second three minutes later in the third minute of stoppage time after he raced on to the end of Alex Song's through ball to rifle it past the Getafe gloveman.

Fabregas, who had opened the scoring with an eighth-minute header before putting away the second from the spot, had already been awarded the man of the match award before Messi's late double.


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