Messi, Pedro star as Barcelona beats Sevilla to win Super Cup

AP , Tuesday 11 Aug 2015

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates a goal scored by his teammate Pedro Rodriguez during their UEFA Super Cup soccer match at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 12, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS)

Barcelona started the season in dramatic style as it beat Sevilla 5-4 in extra time to win the UEFA Super Cup in an action-packed, all-Spanish match Tuesday.

Pedro, who is reportedly considering leaving Barcelona, scored the winner off a rebounded Lionel Messi shot in the 115th minute after Sevilla had battled back from 4-1 down to 4-4.

The first three goals were all from direct free-kicks as Ever Banega's opener for Sevilla was matched by two goals from Messi.

The Catalan club went 3-1 up just before halftime through Rafinha and then scored a fourth through Luis Suarez shortly after the break.

Sevilla's comeback began when Jose Antonio Reyes exploited poor marking to score on 57 minutes, before Kevin Gameiro scored a penalty and debutant Yevhen Konoplyanka slotted in.

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