Even with a four goal advantage after the first-leg, FC Barcelona showed no mercy last night to Getafe CF, running out 6-0 aggregate winners after another brace from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. The diminutive striker fired Barça into the lead with a clinically taken finish just before half-time and doubled his tally after the interval, darting and weaving past a plethora of Getafe defenders -- including goalkeeper Jordi Codina -- to roll the ball into an empty net.
Truly, it was another superlative display from the Great One; but the match was marred by a first-half injury to Neymar, who faces an as yet unknown spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury after an awkward twist left him unable to stand. Speculation suggests that Neymar will be out for the next fortnight at a minimum, but all signs suggest that he will be back for Barcelona's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg against Manchester City in just over a month's time.
With a second-half substitute appearance, veteran midfielder Xavi made his 700th competitive appearance for the Catalonia club; just proof that we are witnessing the best era in the club's history. Legends at every position; legends who have the opportunity to continue making history.
The win ensures that Barcelona face three successive matches against Levante; I can't wait.