VIDEO: Messi free kick earns draw for Barcelona against Vilarreal

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​Lionel Messi’s last minute draw was Barcelona’s saving grace as they almost lost maximum points again at Vilarreal.

The Yellow Submarine looked on course for all three points having taken the lead through Nicola Sansone, with the Italian finding the far corner of the Barca net following a rapid counter attack led by the impressive Alexandre Pato.

But the hosts’ defensive resolve was finally ground down with just seconds of normal time left to play at El Madrigal as Messi curled an astonishing freekick into the top corner of Sergio Asenjo’s net.


It was the least the Catalans deserved having dominated much of the contest and passing up a number of opportunities in front of goal. Nonetheless, Villarreal put on a strong defensive display and proved a high enough hurdle for Barcelona to stumble over.


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