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Messi powers Barca past Getafe

Madrid - Lionel Messi scored a pair to power Barcelona into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals with a 2-0 win at Getafe, which was mired by an injury to Neymar.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal against Getafe during their Spanish King's Cup soccer match at Colisseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe. Photo: Sergio Perez. Credit: REUTERS

Days after seeing Cristiano Ronaldo end his four-year domination of the Ballon d'Or, Messi demonstrated his intention to pry it right back from his Real Madrid counterpart with goals in each half to guide the Spanish champions into the last eight by an aggregate score of 6-0.

But the victory was tarnished by Neymar's exit in the 22nd minute after the Brazil striker turned his right ankle while attempting to extend his dribble to the goal-line, falling under his own weight and going over his limb.

Barcelona, which plays Levante next, said Neymar tore tendons in the ankle. - Sapa-AP

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