Pedro, who has been strongly linked with Manchester United, struck a late winner in extra-time as Barcelona fought off a brave comeback from Sevilla to lift the UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 win on Tuesday night.
Ever Banega opened the scoring for the underdogs before a brace of free-kicks from Lionel Messi and goals from Luis Suarez and Rafinha put Barcelona 4-1 in front.
Jose Antonio Reyes, Kevin Gameiro and Yevhen Konoplyanka struck to take the game past 90 minutes, but Pedro knocked home from close range to seal another trophy for Luis Enrique’s side.
The showpiece, being played between two Spanish teams for the second consecutive year, was lit up by a free kick masterclass in the first half, with Ever Banega giving his side a perfect start by curling his set piece into the top corner after just three minutes.
Ever Banega of Sevilla gives the thumbs up after scoring the oprning goal during the UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Dinamo Arena on August 11, 2015
It didn’t take long for Lionel Messi to respond in kind to his compatriot, floating his own free kick over the wall and beyond the despairing dive of Beto just four minutes later.
The talismanic number 10 repeated the trick shortly afterwards too, again beating Beto from a set piece to see him score two direct free kicks in a match for the first time in his career.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona scores their second goal from a free kick during the UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Dinamo Arena on August 11, 2015
That goal also took him to 24 against Sevilla – making them his favourite opposition – but it was his strike partner Luis Suarez who was the next to have the ball in the back of the net, although his finish just before the half-hour mark was controversially ruled out for offside.
A Dani Alves interception prevented Sevilla from creating a chance at the other end shortly before half time, and that proved decisive as Barcelona advanced up the pitch to score just two minutes later, Rafinha tapping home a Suarez cross after the Uruguayan had seen a shot of his own saved.With 1xBet you get High Odds, Fast Payouts, Wide Selection of Sports Events, Online Streaming and Huge Bonuses... sign up now.
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