After two early goals from Real Madrid gave it a 4-3 lead on aggregate in the Supercopa de Espana and Barcelona midfielder Adriano was sent off for an American football tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi did what Leo Messi does to get his side back in it.
With a free kick in good position from a distance, Lionel Messi got a goal back for Barcelona just before halftime. He curled a bullet around the wall that Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas had no chance to save and just like that, what was shaping up to be a terrible day for Barcelona was suddenly a little less terrible.
UPDATE: That Messi goal proved to be the last of the tie and Real won the Supercopa on away goals. This marks the first time Real Madrid has won the Supercopa since 2008, and after it edged out Barca to win La Liga last season, this could reinforce a swing in momentum in the rivalry atop Spanish football back its way. At least until the next Clasico on Oct. 7, where Barcelona will try to further chip away at Real Madrid’s sluggish start to the new season.
Meanwhile, after scoring a world-record 73 goals in all competitions last season, Messi doesn’t look ready to slow down yet. Including the Supercopa, he already has six goals in four matches with Barcelona this season.