Messi fuels Barca's 6-0 rout of Getafe before Arsenal visit
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi scored one goal and figured in four more to keep Barcelona on course to retaining its Spanish league title with a 6-0 rout of Getafe, increasing its domestic record to 37 games without a loss.
The only blemish to Messi's superb showing Saturday was a missed penalty in the first half.
Otherwise, the Argentina forward led a dominant performance that does not bode well for Arsenal's chances to overturn a 2-0 loss in Champions League action Wednesday.
Barcelona never looked back after an opening own-goal by Getafe's Juan Rodriguez.
Messi then made up for his missed spot kick by scoring to make it 4-0 before halftime while also assisting Neymar for two goals and Munir El Haddadi on another.
Barcelona leads Atletico Madrid by a provisional 11 points.