Messi gives Barcelona edge over Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi finished off his own missed penalty with five minutes left to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak blocked Messi's initial spot kick, but he couldn't recover in time to stop Messi from rushing forward to slam home the rebound and ignite the Camp Nou. Messi was set up to get the winner after Atletico defender Juanfran Torres fouled Sergio Busquets in the area.
This is the second victory for Barcelona over Diego Simeone's side in 10 days following its 3-1 win here in the league.
Atletico went undefeated in six meetings with Barcelona last season. The return leg at the Vicente Calderon will be next Wednesday.