He’s just gone and done it again, has Lionel Messi.
If you want magic, dial Messi. In the dying moments of Barcelona’s league game against Real Sociedad, Messi pulled a rabbit out of the hat to seal the 3 points for the Blaugrana.
A free-kick from 30-odd yards, it showed incredible dip to rifle into the back of the net. Sociedad keeper Geronimo Rulli could just hopelessly watch as the ball flew by. It broke Barcelona’s spell of 11 years without a win at the Anoeta Stadium.
It seemed for some time that Barcelona’s unbeaten run in the league might finally come to an end. Real Sociedad had taken a 2-0 lead by the 34th minute, courtesy goals from ex-Real Madrid striker Willian Jose and Juanmi.
However, the Catalans were relentless and fought back. Paulinho pulled one back before half time. Luis Suarez’s second half brace got them the lead in the 71st minute.
Sociedad, who performed admirably, perhaps thought that they could still pull one back. But Messi had other plans, and he just went ahead and did this in the 85th minute to quell all hopes of the Basque side.
Barca continue to sit pretty at the top of La Liga, as they restored a 9 point lead over second placed Atletico Madrid. They are now unbeaten with half the season past us.
Incredibly, they lead arch-rivals Real Madrid by a gigantic 19 points now. If Messi can produce more moments like this, the La Liga can only head one way…