Messi injured in Barca draw

Lionel Messi was forced off at half-time with a hamstring injury as Barcelona drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Last Updated: 22/08/13 at 08:15 Post Comment

Lionel Messi: Injured in Spanish Super Cup first leg against Atletico

Lionel Messi: Injured in Spanish Super Cup first leg against Atletico

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Messi, who scored two goals in the 7-0 rout of Levante last week, did not emerge after the break and was replaced by Cecsc Fabregas in a game which saw goals for both clubs' big summer signings.

David Villa put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes with a wonderful volley from Arda Turan's cross and the former Barcelona man almost made it two soon after only for Gerard Pique to block his effort.

That allowed Neymar, on as a second-half substitute, to score his first Barcelona goal, meeting Dani Alves' hanging cross at the back post with a smart header on 66 minutes.

Both keepers made smart saves in a stretched end to the game to ensure neither side will take an advantage into next Wednesday's second leg at the Nou Camp.

On Messi's injury, Barca boss Gerardo Martino said: "He picked up a knock and when a player has an injury or a knock which impedes them from playing it does not make much sense for them to stay on the pitch."

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