BARCELONA — Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league record by scoring in his 13th straight match as Barcelona routed Getafe 6-1.
Andres Iniesta passed for Alexis Sanchez for the opening goal in the sixth minute, and Messi scored in the 13th off another move started by Iniesta. Messi's goal was his league-leading 35th in the league this season and 46th in all competitions. It was the 299th of his Barcelona career in all competitions.
David Villa, Cristian Tello, Iniesta and Gerard Pique scored second-galf goals for Barcelona (20-1-2). It opened a 12-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid (16-4-2), which played later at Rayo Vallecano. Defending champion Real Madrid (14-5-4) is 16 points back.