Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Messi misses,Barca don’t

Posted: August 30, 2013 2:36 am

Lionel Messi missed a late penalty attempt before Barcelona clinched the Spanish Super Cup despite being held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Atletico Madrid.

Messi had a chance to put the result beyond doubt in 89th but fired his penalty kick off the crossbar to finish a forgettable night for the Argentina star yesterday. Barcelona eventually claimed the trophy on away goals following the 1-1 draw in the opening leg last week. Atletico’s disciplined defense stifled a Barcelona’s attack featuring Neymar making his first starting appearance for his new club. And the visitors enjoyed the best scoring opportunities other than Messi’s penalty attempt but weren’t able to get the critical goal,mainly because of Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Atletico’s chances were hurt in the 81st when Filipe Luis was given a red card for apparently hitting Dani Alves.

The scoreless draw meant Neymar’s first-leg goal was the difference. “I’m happy with the title. Whenever there is a title in play what counts is winning it,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said. “But as far as the team goes,I want to see more. Above all in these types of games,we need to find more precision and the ability to create more spaces.” Messi was back for Barcelona after missing one game due to a left thigh injury sustained in the opening Super Cup match last week.

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