Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Puyol,
Mascherano (Muniesa 83'), Adriano (Montoya 75'); Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta;
Cuenca, Alexis, Messi, Pedro (Tello 78'). 3-3-4.
Getafe: Moyà; Miguel Torres, Alexis, Cata Díaz, Masilela; Casquero, Rubén Pérez; Pedro Ríos (Arroyo 89'), Juan Rodríguez (Abel Barrada 67'), Diego Castro (Gavilán 67'); Miku. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 13. Alexis. Picked up Messi pass and cut across area to shoot past Moyà.
2-0. 44. Messi. Controlled Iniesta return pass and fired shot in to top corner of net.
3-0. 72. Alexis. Got in front of marker to head Isaac Cuenca cross wide of keeper.
4-0. 74. Pedro. Looped header over Moyà from Messi free kick with back to goal.
Yellow cards: Messi 49', Gavilán 74'.
Barcelona closed to within a point of Real Madrid pending tomorrow's derby game after beating Getafe 4-0 on Tuesday evening. Luis García's team were the only ones to beat Barça in the first half of the season, but they were overwhelmed this time around, and found themselves behind early on when Messi chested the ball down for Alexis to run on and shoot past Moyà. A couple of minutes later the visiting keeper did well to turn a shot from Pedro round the post, and a minute after that Xavi got free and saw his lob cleared from the goalmouth by Cata Díaz, the referee waving away claims that it had crossed the line. Later on in the first half Messi and Alexis both went close, and with the half time whistle looming Messi finished off a quick passing move with Iniesta to ride a lunging tackle and fire a shot inside the near post. After the restart Alexis headed a third from Cuenca's cross and Pedro got the fourth with a looping back-header from a wide Messi free kick. Throughout the game Valdés was just another spectator, and after a tenth league win in a row the baton passes to Real Madrid, who need a victory against city rivals Atlético if they are to go to the Nou Camp in ten days time with that four point cushion.