Watch: Messi’s thunderbolt free-kick goal from an impossible angle
Athletic Bilbao came out the blocks in top gear as they welcomed Barcelona to the San Mames on Thursday for their first leg Cup tie.
The game was everything the fans have come to know such clashes- intense and high tempo. And Barcelona’s Neymar was again shown no mercy by the Atheltic players as tackles came in fast and hard.
First half goals from Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams put the host 2-0. They would go on to eventually finish the game with 9 men after Raul Garcia and Ander Iturraspe received their second yellow.
Lionel Messi got Barcelona back into the contest with a stunning free-kick goal. Barcelona gave their all but couldn’t find the equalizer.
Watch Messi’s goal below