Pedro’s late goal gave Barca victory in nine goal thriller against Sevilla


Barcelona want away forward Pedro scored an extra-time winner to secure a record-equalling fifth Uefa Super Cup for the Spanish giants after a thriller.
It was confirmed by sporting director Robert Fernandez earlier on Tuesday that Pedro, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, has told Barca that he wants to leave.
And in what could be his final appearance for the club, the Spain international came off the bench and turned home the rebound from Lionel Messi’s shot in the 115th-minute to seal a dramatic win after Barca had surrendered a 4-1 lead.
A pair of sensational Messi free-kicks in the first half cancelled out a similarly superb effort from Ever Banega to put Barca 2-1 up, before Rafinha added a third on the stroke of half-time.
Treble winners Barca were in cruise control when Luis Suarez got on the scoresheet in the 52nd minute, but they were left reeling as Jose Antonio Reyes’ strike and Kevin Gameiro’s penalty brought Sevilla back into it, before Ciro Immobile set up fellow close-season signing Yevhen Konoplyanka for a scarcely believable equaliser.
Unai Emery’s Sevilla were cruelly denied, though, as Pedro earned Barca the first of what could be six trophies this season.
Underdogs Sevilla made a great start when Banega curled a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top left-hand corner in the third minute.
Messi would not be outshone by his Argentina team-mate, though, and he levelled with a free-kick of his own – a wonderful dinked effort that left Beto no chance.
The fast pace continued in the 15th minute as Messi outdid himself with another stunning free-kick, this time bending a 30-yard effort from the centre of goal into Beto’s right-hand corner.
Suarez had a goal ruled out for offside, but the lead was two at the break as the Uruguayan squared brilliantly for …Read More

Source:: New Mail