Lionel Messi on Barcelona bench

September 15, 2012
By ESPN.com news services
Lionel Messi came off the bench Saturday for Barcelona against Getafe and promptly scored two goals.

Messi came on for Thiago in the 59th minute and scored on a 74th-minute penalty. He added another goal four minutes later.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova told Marca on Friday that Messi's participation in Saturday's La Liga match was questionable after returning to Barcelona from Buenos Aires earlier this week.

Messi played for Argentina in its 1-1 draw against Peru ...

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