By Chris Wright
Having returned from his winter injury lay-off to score a brace after coming on for the final half-an-hour of the first leg last week, Lionel Messi repeated the feat in the second leg of Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey round of 16 tie against Getafe – again scoring twice as Barca moseyed their way to a 6-0 aggregate victory.
Messi’s first goal of the evening was perfectly serviceable in its own right, but his second was a work of pure artisnal skill – effortlessly gliding through the heart of the Getafe defence with a quick burst of speed, drawing the ‘keeper out and rolling the ball in from a tight-ish angle.
All pretty run-of-the-mill stuff for Messi, but a cracking goal non-the-less and, of course, it was greeted by orgasmic hoots of pleasure from commentator Ray Hudson, who had obviously been suffering chronic withdrawal symptoms after having to go for a month without frothing himself over the man who is so good that, in his words, he “could make an onion cry”.
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