Fiji Time: 1:38 PM on Wednesday 22 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Messi scores twice on return

Afp
Friday, January 10, 2014

MADRID - Lionel Messi scored twice on his first appearance in almost two months as Barcelona edged towards the quarter-finals of Spanish soccer's Copa del Rey with a 4-0 win over Getafe in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

The four-time world player of the year replaced Andres Iniesta after 63 minutes with Barcelona leading 2-0 thanks to a Cesc Fabregas double.

Messi put the tie to bed a minute from time when he slotted home a loose ball inside the area.

And he added his 16th goal of the season with a stunning run and finish to round off the scoring in stoppage time.

With Messi having been out of action since tearing his hamstring in the 4-1 win over Real Betis in early November he was left on the bench by Barca boss Gerardo Martino.

The Argentine coach also had Saturday's top-of-the-table clash away to Atletico Madrid in mind as he made had made six changes to the side that started last weekend's 4-0 win over Elche.

However, with Messi and Neymar - ruled out by a stomach bug - again not in the starting line-up, Martino maintained the front three of Alexis Sanchez, Pedro Rodriguez and Fabregas.

Martino's selection proved inspired as Pedro's lobbed cross was expertly headed into the far corner by Fabregas after just eight minutes.

However, Getafe then managed to stifle Barca from creating too many clear-cut chances before the break and the hosts were grateful to a great save from Jose Manuel Pinto to turn away Juan Rodriguez's header to go in ahead at halftime.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Budget overspent
  2. $20m in excess
  3. Finance scrutiny
  4. $11.9m in arrears
  5. Military overspends
  6. No spending ledger maintained
  7. Financial boost for hospital's oncology unit
  8. Poor control of permit database
  9. Anomalies in books
  10. Cyclone season looms

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  5. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  6. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  8. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)
  9. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  10. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)