Lionel Messi did not start as Tito Vilanova rested the Argentine for most of the game, but King Leo came out blasting off the bench as a Leo brace helped FC Barcelona defeated Getafe, 4-1.
Barcelona has been hit with the injury bug as Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez were all out with injuries. Dani Alves was rested as well.
Cristian Tello had the first good look in the opening minutes of the game as he got a good through-ball to his feet, but could not get it past Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya.
A controversial non-call in the 15th minute as Adrian Colunga was tripped up by Martin Montoya but the referee did not make the call.
Thiago had the next chance at the net in the 26th minute as he got by two defenders and had a clear shot at the net, but his shot hit the crossbar and a great chance to make it 1-0 was lost.
Barcelona finally got the lead in the 32nd minute as Cesc Fabregas found Adriano who came up and slipped it past Moya for the 1-0 lead. Fabregas—who was at the center of a mini-controversy this past week as reports came out the he was unhappy at Barca—came out and made his presence know. It’s great to see Cesc turn it around. Hopefully, Cesc can keep it up.
The second half saw Getafe getting control of the ball a bit more. Adriano continued to shine as he showed speed. Adriano’s speed was too much for Pedro Leon who tried to beat the Brazilian to the ball but to no avail.
Carles Puyol injured his knee in the 57th minute as he seemed to hyperextend his left knee. Javier Mascherano came in to replace Puyol. After the game, it was known that Carles suffered a ligament injury in his left knee. He's expected to be out four to six weeks.
Lionel Messi came into the game in the 58th minute for Tello. Messi was rested by Tito Vilanova partly because of the international play Leo was a part of a few days ago as well as to give Messi rest to be fresh for Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League group stage opener against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Messi made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute as Pedro was tripped up inside the penalty box and Leo put the ball in the back of the net. Messi got his brace just four minutes later as Martin Montoya crossed the ball inside the box, deflected off a Getafe player and found Messi’s golden touch for the 3-0 lead.
Getafe did manage to get a goal in the game as a Getafe shot by Sarabia deflected off Javier Mascherano and in to make it 3-1.
David Villa came into the game in the 75th minute and got the fourth Barcelona goal on the night in the 89th minute as a lovely pass from Cesc Fabregas found Villa, who got his second goal this season. Villa is looking like he’s “officially” back.
Final: Getafe 1–4 FC Barcelona
Great win! Time to hand out the grades on Barcelona’s 4-1 victory over Getafe.