Lionel Messi did it again.
Ho hum, another stunning goal from Lionel Messi.
Messi gave Barcelona a 1–0 lead over Deportivo Alaves in the 30th minute of Saturday’s match with a one-touch finish from outside the penalty box. Messi laid the ball off to Neymar and then snuck into a gap in the defense where Neymar could get the ball back to him, allowing Messi to get off a curling shot that snuck inside the left post.
Alaves equalized just three minutes later on a free kick by Theo, a beautiful goal in its own right.
A Neymar goal just before halftime made it 2–1 in favor of Barça and Messi helped push the margin to two with this weaving run and assist to Paco Alcacer.
That would be the final goal of the game, as Barcelona held on to its 3–1 lead and won its third consecutive Copa Del Rey.