Adriano gets the Blaugranas started after Cesc Fabregas does all the brilliant spadework. Well into the second half, Pedro is brought down in the box and Messi who comes off the bench scores from the spot. The little maestro is at the right place at the right time to sweep into goal Montoya's cross for his brace.
Getafe get one back as their goal comes after a bizarre double deflection off Xavi and Javier Mascherano. The last laugh belongs to Barca as David Villa gets Barca's fourth and final goal.
Messi it is said was given a bit of a rest after a grueling schedule of internationals with Argentina which also included their bus getting pelted by stones in Peru for the World Cup qualifier.
Barca continue to be in first place and are now eight points ahead of 10th placed Real Madrid.