Thursday, 22 August 2013

Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 1: Messi goes off injured in Spanish Super Cup as Neymar scores his first Barca goal... with a header!

Barcelona have confirmed Lionel Messi injured his left leg during Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.
The Argentina star was replaced by Cesc Fabregas at half time in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
The Catalan giants said: 'Messi was substituted due to precaution for pain in the back of his left thigh caused by a knock.'
Lionel Messi
Injured: Lionel Messi was substituted at half time of the Spanish Super Cup having injured his left leg

Lionel Messi
Precaution: Messi missed a number of games at the end of last season with a right hamstring strain

Lionel Messi

Barcelona's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said Messi's injury appeared to be the result of bruising and the club confirmed on it's website that he would be having more tests on Thursday.
Messi had a minor muscle injury in his left leg last week but was cleared in time for Sunday's Spanish league opener and scored two goals in a 7-0 rout of Levante.
Meanwhile, frontman Neymar came off the bench to score his first competitive goal for Barcelona and rescue a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid.
Rising highest: Neymar equalises for Barcelona with a back post header in the Spanish Super Cup

All level: Neymar celebrates scoring for his new club having arrived at Barcelona from Santos in a £48m deal


Former Barca frontman David Villa, who left the club for Atletico this summer, scored an exquisitely driven volley from the edge of the box on 12 minutes to put his new side ahead.
However, coming on as a 59th minute substitute, Neymar equalised for Barca seven minutes later as he ran in at the back post to head home a Dani Alves cross.
David Villa
Ecstatic: David Villa punches the air after putting Atletico Madrid ahead against his former employers
David Villa
Ex-Barca: Frontman David Villa scored a brilliant volley in the 12th minute to put Atletico one goal up

David Villa
Adoring fans: Villa salutes the Atletico crowd as they celebrate his goal against Barcelona

Sporting director Zubizarreta was shocked with the way Neymar finished his first goal and said: 'If they had told us what his first goal in an official game was going to be we would not have expected a header,'
'Neymar is a player of great quality and we will give him time to adapt,' he added.
The 21-year-old arrived in Spain this summer from Brazilian side Santos in a deal worth £48m.
In the two-legged showpiece that pits last term's league champions against the King's Cup winners, Barca and Atletico meet again next Wednesday at the Nou Camp stadium.
Diego Costa
Take that: Atletico striker Diego Costa pushes Barca's Jordi Alba in the face as the pair battle for the ball

Atletico v Barca
Team effort: Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defenders Filipe and Diego Godin rally to stop Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez
Hot pursuit: Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez closes in on Barca frontman Sanchez

Take me on: Atletico's Miranda attempts to get past Barca No 7 Pedro

1 comment:

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