Golazo: Leo Messi’s free-kick v Athletic Bilbao (Videos)

Messi Golazo

Barcelona found themselves 2-0 behind after 30 minutes at San Mames on Thursday night and with a mountain to climb in their Copa del Rey tie against Athletic Bilbao.

But with a second leg to play at Camp Nou, they had time on their side, and managed to half the arrears in the second half.

Leo Messi duped the Athletic Club keeper by faking to cross, before looping a snapshot over the wall and under the bar.

Over the line

Athletic keeper Gorka managed to swat a hand at it and paw it away, but not before it had clearly crossed the line.

He definitely knew this too, but it didn’t stop him from trying to claim it hadn’t crossed the line.

Barcelona have in recent years started each calendar year with poor results – see the Tweet below.

The second leg of their match against Bilbao – who ended the first game with 10 men – is next Wednesday evening.

Athletic Bilbao 2 – Barcelona 1 highlights

Leo Messi free-kick v Bilbao