In Leg 1 of the Supercopa de España, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid played to a 1-1 draw.
Former Barcelona striker David Villa got Atlético Madrid off to a fantastic start, scoring just 12 minutes into the match. Villa made 77 appearances for Barcelona between 2010 and 2013, scoring 33 goals, but was deemed expendable and joined Atlético Madrid.
The big news in the match was an injury to Lionel Messi. Messi was substituted at halftime. Cesc Fabregas replaced him. As of right now, the injury is being called a “left thigh contusion.”
Overall, Messi’s injury and Villa’s early goal made it a disaster of a first half for Barcelona.
Barcelona was finally able to tie the game when the much hyped Neymar scored a goal in the 66th minute, heading in a cross by Dani Alves.
The chance was created almost out of nothing; it was almost identical to every other failed Barcelona attack, Xavi was involved, working it to Dani Alves out wide, but this time the right-back got it right. He’d given the ball away, was arguably at fault for Villa’s goal, but this cross made amends – it was perfect and who would climb highest at the far-post?
The away draw gives Barcelona the advantage heading into Leg 2, which will take place one week from today.